- The state will continue to pay former president Jacob Zuma's court fees, stated the Presidency
- Zuma claims that he cannot afford to pay for his defence
- It has been reported that Zuma's legal fees so far is an estimated amount of R32 million
The state will continue to pay former president Jacob Zuma's legal fees. There has been a court application to put an end to this, but the Presidency has made its decision.
Zuma is facing charges of fraud, racketeering and corruption, and while the case continues, the state will be paying for his defence.
Political parties like the DA and the EFF are unhappy that Zuma's defence is being paid by the state and wants it to end.
Zuma made an agreement with the state that it will pay his legal costs until a court orders an end to it.
According to a report by EWN, president Ramaphosa's office is bound by this agreement.
Khuselo Diko, president Ramaphosa's spokesperson, stated that the presidency will continue to pay Zuma's legal fees until a court rules against it or the matter is concluded.
The Citizen reports that taxpayers are paying for every court appearance by Zuma. When the former president appears in court next month, the legal fees will again be paid by the taxpayers' money.
Zuma is expected back in the Pietermaritzburg High Court on the 27th of July.
In an earlier report by Briefly.co.za, it was noted that the state has been paying Zuma's legal fees for 12 years - since 2006.
Zuma is still claiming that he cannot afford to pay the legal fees to defend himself.
A report by Business Day revealed that Zuma spent far more than R15 million in legal fees to fight his corruption prosecution. Actually, it was learned that the total amount spent is closer to R32 million.
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