Zuma spent over R15 million of taxpayers’ money to avoid Spy Tapes prosecution

Jacob Zuma. Image Credits: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters

Former President Jacob Zuma spent R15.3-million of taxpayers’ money in his battle to avoid prosecution in the Spy Tapes case.

President Cyril Ramaphosa disclosed this information to the Democratic Alliance on Tuesday‚ in a bid to settle legal action bought by the party over Zuma’s refusal to disclose his legal fees.

The State Attorney indicated that Ramaphosa too intends to disclose this information in Parliament on Wednesday‚ in response to questions from EFF leader Julius Malema.

Malema also wants to know “on what legal provision(s) or policy did the State rely when using state resources to fund the former President’s legal costs?”

Ramaphosa’s spokesperson Tyrone Seale last week told Financial Mail that the state would continue to fund Zuma’s legal fees if he went on trial for corruption‚ on the basis of an undertaking that was concluded between Zuma and then president Thabo Mbeki in 2006.

“The former President signed an undertaking to refund the state if he is found to have acted in his personal capacity and own interest in the commission of offences with which he was charged.”

DA leader Mmusi Maimane told TimesLIVE that the DA would ensure the money was paid back.

“We want to claim it back and we want to ensure that Zuma is personally liable. We will do an analysis of how the determination went,” he said.

[Source: TimesLIVE]


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