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President Ramaphosa clarifies former President’s legal fees

Last updated on March 23, 2018

Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa says for­mer Pres­i­dent Jacob Zuma’s legal fees will be paid in excep­tion to cas­es where the court finds that he act­ed in his per­son­al capac­i­ty.

“The State Attor­ney decid­ed that it was appro­pri­ate to grant the request of the for­mer Pres­i­dent, sub­ject to the con­di­tion that he make an under­tak­ing — which he did — to refund monies thus spent should it be found that he act­ed in his per­son­al capac­i­ty and own inter­est in the com­mis­sion of the alleged offences,” said Pres­i­dent Ramaphosa in a state­ment.

Pres­i­dent Ramaphosa said this was done in line with sec­tion 12.2.2 of the then applic­a­ble Trea­sury Reg­u­la­tions, issued in terms of the Pub­lic Finance Man­age­ment Act, 1999, read with sec­tion 3(1) of the State Attor­ney Act.

The Act states that if it is found that an offi­cial was act­ing out­side the course and scope of his employ­ment and lost a case, that offi­cial must refund the state.

The Pres­i­dent pro­vid­ed clar­i­ty on the for­mer President’s legal fees fol­low­ing ques­tions from Eco­nom­ic Free­dom Fight­ers (EFF) leader Julius Male­ma dur­ing an oral reply ses­sion on 14 March 2018.

The EFF’s ques­tions referred to cas­es in which it is alleged that the for­mer Pres­i­dent com­mit­ted crim­i­nal offences took place dur­ing his tenure as a gov­ern­ment offi­cial both at provin­cial and lat­er at nation­al lev­el.

The request made by for­mer Pres­i­dent Zuma for legal rep­re­sen­ta­tion at state expense, con­sid­ered sec­tion 3(3) of the State Attor­ney Act, 1957. –

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