- Former president, Jacob Zuma, lashed out at the DA, saying it should have brought an application against him, over legal fees paid by the state, years ago
- Zuma's counsel told the Durban High Court the DA should have approached the courts within 180 after getting the info that the state wa spaying his legal costs
- According to the EFF, the state has coughed up as much as R32 million to defend the ousted former president
If the DA had problems with government paying Jacob Zuma's legal fees, they should have raised their concerns years ago. This was according to the former president.
The DA and EFF have applied for the ousted former president to be liable to pay about 12 years' worth of litigation costs.
However, in his counter arguments, Zuma said the parties should have raised this many years ago, not now.
Since 2005, the state attorney's office paid for Zuma's legal fees. It carried on paying his fees throughout the long spy tapes legal challenge.
At present, Zuma is on trial in Durban's High Court. He is facing charges of fraud and corruption, alongside Thales, a French arms firm.
According to a report by Eyewitness News, Zuma's legal team told the court that as early as 2008, the DA knew the state was covering his legal fees.
Briefly.co.za learned that Zuma's counsel argued that the DA should then have approached the courts within 180 after receiving the information.
Meanwhile, the DA argued Zuma was not permitted to have his legal costs covered by the state. The party told the court the criminal case against Zuma did not relate to conduct linked to his office.
The EFF claims the state has spent up to R32 million defending Zuma in court.
The EFF has also called on Michael Hulley, Zuma's previous attorney, to pay back the fees he received from the state.
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