- South African taxpayers are coughing up almost R17 million for former president Jacob Zuma’s legal fees
- This new estimation comes after it was earlier reported that Zuma's legal fees were around R15 million
- The DA still wants to stop this from continuing and have a court date to have the agreement between Zuma and the government reviewed
Jacob Zuma's legal fees are a sore subject for all South Africans. While taxpayers are paying the former president's legal expenses, no one will be happy about his court case.
CityPress reports that the amount that has been spent by taxpayers' money to cover Zuma's legal fees is R16.7 million.
Earlier this year it was estimated at about R15 million.
According to the Presidency, President Cyril Ramaphosa wrote to Baleka Mbete, National Assembly Speaker, to take another look at the estimated figure spent on Zuma's legal costs.
Apparently, the extra R1.4 million was discovered when the Department of Justice prepared documents for litigation.
An amount of R16.78 million was confirmed by Cassius Lubisi, Director-General in the Presidency.
The Democratic Alliance is still hellbent on getting the Presidency to stop paying Zuma's legal expenses.
They have launched an application to review the agreement that is currently between Zuma and the Presidency.
The High Court of Pretoria will hear the case on 6 and 7 November.
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