The Presidency has on Monday filed a notice in the Pretoria High Court to comply with the court’s decision on the application by the Democratic Alliance (DA) on the provision by the state of legal help to former President Jacob Zuma.
“The Presidency has demonstrated that it intends to submit an explanatory affidavit to help the court in understanding the history, legal basis, method of reasoning, and procedures identifying with the provision of this support,” the Presidency said in a statement.
In a statement on Monday, the DA says it welcomes the decision by the Presidency and the State Attorney to maintain the Court’s choice on whether Zuma ought to be held liable for these expenses or not.
“In March, we filed papers with the North Gauteng High Court, requesting that an agreement amongst Zuma and the state to pay his expenses to be put aside, as we have long held that the state ought to never have consented to foot the bill for Zuma’s legal fees,” said DA.
DA Federal Council Chairperson James Selfe said the charges against Zuma related to alleged wrongdoings conferred by Zuma in his private capacity and not in his ability as MEC, Deputy President or President of the Republic.
“We presently trust that the legitimate procedures against Zuma will proceed with no further superfluous deferrals. The determination of this case will accelerate the resumption of the criminal case,” said Selfe.
He said the public coffers ought not to be drained dry to cover the legal fees of one man’s activities, including that these responsibilities by the Presidency are a triumph for democracy and accountability.