Justice Minister says his department paid at least R24m for Zuma's legal fees

Justice Minister says his department paid at least R24m for Zuma's legal fees

- Justice Minister Michael Masutha has revealed his department has paid R24 240 201 in legal fees for Jacob Zuma since 2009

- The department paid the legal fees for 5 cases which Zuma lost

- The DA is waging a legal battle to force Zuma to repay the state for legal fees paid on his behalf

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Justice Minister Michael Masutha has cleared up one of the most guarded secrets of former president Jacob Zuma’s presidency. Masutha said his department had paid at least R24 million in legal fees for Zuma since he took office in 2009.

Masutha made the revelation in a long-awaited parliamentary answer. Freedom Front Plus leader Peter Groenewald asked Masutha if his department had paid any legal costs since 2009 in cases which involved Zuma and at what cost.

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Last year, Zuma refused to answer questions about his legal fees in Parliament and went as far as to tell the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) that it was not his problem what his legal fees cost.

Briefly.co.za gathered that Masutha listed five cases which cost his department a total of R24 240 201. The minister also noted that Zuma had lost all of the cases.

"The fact that Zuma did not win one of these cases, serves as proof that taxpayers' money was wasted to keep him out of trouble," Groenewald said

According to information provided by Groenewald, Zuma opposed the case in which the NPA conducted searches of the offices of arms manufacturer Thint/Thames at a cost of R15.3 million

The case was taken all the way to the Constitutional Court and was lost by Zuma, it is the only case which has been finalised.

The matter in which Zuma questioned the powers of the Public Prosecutor in relation to findings about Nkandla, cost R3.2 million.

Groenewald said the case in which Zuma tried to prevent the release of Thuli Madonsela’s state capture report cost R2.5 million.

Zuma's appeal against the Democratic Alliance's request to make known his reasons for firing former ministers of finance Pravin Gordhan and Nhlanhla Nene had cost R1.2m. This case will be heard on May 2 in the Supreme Court of Appeals.

The information comes at a time when the DA is waging a legal battle which it hopes will force Zuma to repay the state for the costs of his legal battles.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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