- President Ramaphosa says the Presidency should continue paying Jacob Zuma’s legal fees as set out in a 2006 agreement
- Ramaphosa said the Presidency had undertaken to pay the legal fees until such time as a court sets aside the decision
- Both the DA and EFF have indicated they are preparing to go to court to have the deal set aside
The Presidency should continue to pay for former president Jacob Zuma’s legal fees as set out in an agreement which was struck in 2006. According to President Cyril Ramaphosa, the Presidency has no choice in the matter until such time as a court sets aside the deal.
Ramaphosa said the deal was requested by Zuma in 2006 and agreed upon by then president Thabo Mbeki. Ramaphosa said successive presidents assume the obligations undertaken by their predecessors upon taking office.
The Presidency is therefore bound by that decision and must continue paying for Mr Zuma's legal fees on the basis that it undertook to do so until such time as the decision is reviewed and set aside by a court."
Briefly.co.za gathered that the Presidency has thus far spent R15.3 million on Zuma’s legal fees. Both the Democratic Alliance (DA) and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have indicated they are preparing to go to court to have the deal set aside.
The DA’s James Selfe said his party would file papers in the North Gauteng High Court as soon as it possibly could. “Our legal team is in the process of drawing up the papers. The question is only how quickly they can do that,” he said.
Selfe said the DA would ask the court to have the agreement declared unlawful and to order Zuma to pay back the money.
The State Attorney revealed it could not locate an agreement between Zuma and the Presidency in which Zuma agreed to personally repay the legal fees if his defence was unsuccessful.
The EFF said the entire debacle seemed fishy and the party had instructed its legal team file papers to have the secret deal set aside.
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