The Democratic Alliance (DA) says once again it begs President Cyril Ramaphosa to cancel this agreement for the government to cover Jacob Zuma’s ballooning legal fees.
In March, the DA filed papers with the North Gauteng High Court asking that the agreement between the Presidency and Jacob Zuma, to cover the legal costs incurred by him for his criminal prosecution to review, declare it invalid and set it aside.
A petition by DA is a sequel to media reports that Zuma’s new legal team is twice the size of his previous one, and costs almost R300 000 per day in legal fees.
The leader of the Democratic Alliance Mmusi Maimane said they expect the cost too high by the time Zuma’s corruption trial resumes in November.
“We have also requested that the court order refund that the R15.3 million already spent on past criminal and civil proceedings. We believe the agreement that the ANC government reached with Zuma to cover his costs is illegal. There has no basis in law, and should immediately scrap it,” said Maimane.
Maimane said the ANC cannot talk about tackling corruption yet continue to allow it to use public money to stymie corruption charges against Zuma.
Now that even the “delay at all costs” strategy is reaching its end, Maimane said Zuma is hiring more lawyers, firing old ones, and trying to find any reason to delay further — all the time while South Africans keep funding it.
“This year alone, the ANC government has increased value-added tax (VAT), sin tax, sugar tax and the price of fuel–all of which hit the poor the worst. It is a slap in the face of the poor and jobless to further expect them to continue to pay for the legal fees of the former President,” added Maimane