Panic over Zuma's dry pocket turns legal council away

Panic over Zuma's dry pocket turns legal council away

- Zuma's legal council has walked away over alleged money issues

- Mfaku said that there will be no delay in the case even though this issue has come about

- The 16 charges against Zuma will be settled in court as scheduled

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Michael Hulley, former president Jacob Zuma’s attorney has terminated the services of counsel. Hulley told News24, the “termination” for Zuma’s upcoming corruption case, is due to pending issues surrounding legal fees.

Hulley was asked if it was himself that had resigned as Zuma’s attorney and his response was: "No, I haven't. I have had to terminate counsel's briefs in the matter because of the uncertainty around [legal] fees."

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The understanding that News24 has is that Shaun Abrahams, NPA boss, has been asked to stay until the problem was resolved. There was a dispute over who is funding the legal costs.

Luvuyo Mfaku, National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson confirmed to New24 that there will be no delay and the case is still scheduled for June 8 in the KwaZulu-Natal High Court.

"The State is ready. We can't... [halt] the case. learnt that Mfaku stated that an explanation will have to be given to the court by Zuma’s legal representatives.

With regards to the government’s provision of legal assistance to Zuma, the Presidency reported on Monday that it would abide by a future ruling of the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.

Late March, The Democratic Alliance had filed papers in the high court. The request was to set aside a 2006 agreement the Presidency had signed. The agreement was signing over legal costs the former president incurred for his criminal prosecution.

This, after President Cyril Ramaphosa revealed that the agreement, signed by Zuma under then president Thabo Mbeki, formed the basis for the decision to continue paying for Zuma's legal fees in the "spy tapes" matter.

There are 16 charges against Zuma which include corruption, money laundering and racketeering. In March, Abrahams pronounced that the NPA would go ahead with the prosecution of all charges against Zuma.

In 2009, former NPA boss Mokotedi Mpshe, dropped the charges. This was based on the recordings of the so-called “spy tapes”. The recordings were presented to Mpshe by Zuma’s legal team.

The tapes consisted of telephone conversations between Leonard McCarthy, the then Scorpions boss and former NPA boss Bulelani Ngcuka. Zuma’s legal team argued that the recordings showed political interference in the decision to charge him.

The charges were subsequently withdrawn, and this just before Zuma was sworn in for his first term as president.

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