- Former president Jacob Zuma will have to pay his own legal expenses
- This comes after the state has been funding Zuma's corruption court case
- The Pretoria High Court ruled on 13 December that the state is not to be held liable for Zuma's legal fees
The Gauteng High Court in Pretoria ruled that Jacob Zuma will have to pay his own legal fees.
Judge Aubrey Ledwaba declared that the former president cannot expect the state to pay for his legal expenses.
It is declared that the state is not liable for legal cost incurred by Zuma.
In addition, Zuma must also pay back all the money the state paid to cover his costs to date. The State Attorney must make a list of all costs incurred during Zuma's corruption case and then take the necessary steps to recover the money from him.
According to a report by BusinessTech, this must be done within 3 months of the ruling.
This comes after the DA filed papers earlier this year to plead with the court to set aside a 2006 agreement about Zuma's legal fees, as reported by News24
The Presidency, under the leadership of president Thabo Mbeki, signed to pay Zuma's legal fees.
The EFF also joined the DA in lodging applications at the High Court to have the decision set aside. The parties have been awarded costs during the court's ruling on Thursday.
About two weeks ago, Briefly.co.za reported that following his appearance in front of the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture, Zuma appealed to the State Attorney to pay for his legal costs. This application has been approved by the Presidency but is overruled by the High Court's decision.
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