- Jacob Zuma is in a legal fight to avoid coughing up for the legal fees of his State Capture court case
- This appeal will be paid for by South African taxpayers
- According to reports, Zuma feels the legal fees are a heavy burden on him
Jacob Zuma does not want to pay his legal fees. South Africa's former president is taking on the court order that will have him paying about R10 million in legal expenses.
This is how much his State Capture court case is costing Zuma, and he'd like to avoid forking up that money.
So the natural thing for him to do is tell the state to pay his legal expenses - he wants South African taxpayers to fund his court case, as well as his appeal against the court order.
Only if Zuma loses his court case, will he need to repay the funds paid by the state for the appeal, according to the state attorney's office.
State attorney Isaac Chowe stated that he will have Jacob Zuma sign an agreement stating that Zuma will refund the state for all the fees paid during the appeal.
BusinessLIVE reports that it is not known if Zuma signed the agreement that he will pay if he loses the case.
Briefly.co.za reported the Presidency revealed in June that the state will continue to pay Zuma's legal fees. There has been an 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.
According to a TimesLIVE report., Zuma feels he is being punished for challenging the State of Capture report. He also said being forced to pay the legal fees is putting a huge burden on his personal finances.
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