The Democratic Alliance (DA) has welcomed the withdrawal by the Presidency their appeal against the court judgment requesting former President Jacob Zuma to personally pay the legal expenses, assessed at R10 million in a bid to hinder the release of the State of Capture report.
The DA filed papers in the North Gauteng High Court in March challenging the Presidency.
This follows the statement by President Ramaphosa that Zuma’s legal fees will be paid in exemption to situations where the court discovers he acted in his own capacity.
“The State Attorney concluded that it was proper to allow the request of the former President, subject to the condition that he make an undertaking – which he did – to refund monies in this thus spent should it be discovered he acted in his own capacity and own interest for the commission of the alleged offenses,” said President Ramaphosa in a statement.
DA Federal Council Chairperson James Selfe said while this is a triumph for normal South Africans who have been committed to pay for the ANC’s errors for a long time, the question of who will pay the R15.3 million in legal fees.
“In March, the DA filed papers with the North Gauteng High Court requesting the court pronounce that the understanding between the Presidency and Zuma, to take care of the legal expenses acquired for his criminal prosecution be looked into, proclaimed invalid and put aside,” said Selfe.
Selfe said DA had also asked for that the court order that the R15.3 million spent on the case be refunded.
Zuma appeared briefly in the Durban High Court on Friday facing charges of corruption, fraud, and racketeering.
The court was then postponed to June 8 pending some issues still to be settled.