- Jacob Zuma is understood to have appointed a new legal team to challenge the cost order against him for his aborted attempt to stop the state capture report
- Zuma will have to petition the Supreme Court of Appeals or apply to the Constitutional Court to avoid paying the legal bill which is estimated at R10 million
- The Presidency formally withdrew its application for leave to appeal because it no longer represented Zuma
Former president Jacob Zuma only has two options open to him to avoid paying for the wasted legal fees of his aborted attempts to stop and overturn the state capture report. Zuma will have to petition the Supreme Court of Appeals or apply to the Constitutional Court to overturn the personal cost judgment against him.
To this end, it is understood that Zuma has appointed a new legal team to challenge the judgement. The current estimate for the legal bill Zuma might have to pay is R10 million.
Zuma launched an attempt to stop the state capture report from being released on the eve of its release, he argued that he had not been given the chance to respond to allegations made against him. When the application was ready to be heard, Zuma withdrew it.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Judge President Dunstan Mlambo said Zuma’s conduct in the matter amounted to nothing more than an attempt to hinder the work of the Public Protector.
The presidency formally withdrew its application for leave to appeal on behalf of Zuma because it no longer represented the former president. If Zuma wants to challenge the personal cost order against him he will have to do so on his own.
Reports indicate that Zuma instructed his new legal team to bring the application in May.
The move is a gamble on Zuma’s part if he loses he will incur even more costs, which he and not the taxpayer will have to pay.
Advocate Dali Mpofu said it was possible but not advisable for a party -a thinly veiled reference to Zuma – to reopen the matter by petitioning the Supreme Court of Appeals or by applying for leave to appeal in the Constitutional Court.
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