"Government is responsible, not Zuma," Simphiwe on his Uncle Jacob's legal fees

"Government is responsible, not Zuma," Simphiwe on his Uncle Jacob's legal fees

- Simphiwe Zuma has defended his uncle with one of the most unorthodox claims

- The Zuma family is pleading poverty, claiming that government should be responsible for the patriarch's legal fees

- There is no trial date set for Jacob Zuma yet

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“Whatever he did, he did it while he was employed by the government. Therefore, the government must fund his legal expenses without expecting a refund," Simphiwe Zuma said in defense of his uncle.

Former president, Jacob Zuma's nephew Simphiwe Zuma is standing by his uncle after NPA Director Shaun Abrahams confirmed the former President would face charges of fraud and corruption.

It seems unlikely that Zuma will be able to get out of the court battle, but that doesn't seem to concern him, considering his family believes that the taxpayers are responsible for his legal fees, Briefly.co.za learned.

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Simphiwe told The Star that Msholozi won’t be able to afford the cost of legal fees should he be found guilty in the spy tapes case, and that as an employee of the government at the time, taxpayers should foot the bill.

The odd claim would suggest that Zuma expects to drop all his accountability onto government as a whole, rather than accept personal responsibility.

Zuma used R15 million of taxpayer money to keep his case out of the courts for almost a decade. It was revealed last week that he would have to pay that money back should he be found guilty.

No trial date has been set for Zuma as of Monday 19 March. He will eventually take to the stand on five charges of corruption, one of money laundering and 12 of fraud.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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