- The Presidency approved former president, Jacob Zuma's application for the state to fund his legal fees
- Pravin Gordhan, the Public Enterprises Minister, testified against Zuma last week
- Zuma has applied for a permanent stay of prosecution against state capture allegations
Following his appearance in front of the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture, former President Jacob Zuma’s appealed to the state attorney to pay for his legal costs. This application has been approved by the Presidency.
City Press reports that the former president appeared in front of the commission, chaired by Judge Raymond Zondo, in response to allegations against him of state capture.
Rodney Issacs, who is the chief litigator of the Justice and Constitutional Development Department, stated that the Presidency did approve funding for Zuma’s legal fees.
The fees could possibly add up to between R24 million to R30 million.
Briefly.co.za previously reported that Zuma was found to be involved with state capture at the state capture inquiry. Minister of Public Enterprises, Pravin Gordhan, and former Treasury Director General, Lungisa Fuzile, testified against Zuma when they appeared at the inquiry.
IOL reported that the DA requested that President Ramaphosa stop funding Zuma’s legal fees, and called it “obscene”.
DA leader, Mmusi Maimane asked for how long the state would rely on the public to pay for Zuma's legal costs.
Zuma has also applied for a permanent stay of prosecution against him regarding state capture.
In a report by Times Live, Maimane said Ramaphosa should use the Zuma case to show that no person would be above the law in South Africa, and that the state attorney should be instructed to oppose the stay of prosecution applied for by Zuma.
Many government officials have been called to testify before to Commission, and their legal fees will possibly be paid by the state as well. It was reported that former Minister of Communications, Faith Muthambi, and former Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba have also applied for funding.
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