Zuma to challenge court bid to cut his legal funding

South Africa’s former president Jacob Zuma. Image Credits: EPA-EFE/Kim Ludbrook

Former President Jacob Zuma will challenge a court bid to cut his legal funding, which could have major implications for his ability to fight the corruption charges against him.

However, President Cyril Ramaphosa has yet to indicate whether he will fight the applications bought by the Democratic Alliance to challenge a 2006 “deal” for the state to fund Zuma’s legal costs‚ or will simply abide by the North Gauteng High Court’s decision.

In their bid, the DA has also asked the court to order Zuma to pay back the estimated R32.4-million already spent on his legal campaign to avoid prosecution.

If that order is granted‚ it could be financially devastating for the former president‚ who has already been ordered to personally pay the costs of his disastrous state capture cases.

Zuma has yet to outline his opposition to the DA’s challenge to his legal funding.

His lawyer‚ Michael Hulley‚ has already indicated that Zuma intends to file a challenge to National Prosecution Authority head Shaun Abrahams’ decision to put him on trial by mid-May.

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