- It is believed that Jacob Zuma was involved in the oppression of white land owners in Zimbabwe
- According to reports, Zuma signed off on a document that prevented land owners from trying to legally fight for their land
- The lawsuit is already at a cost of R2 billion and could become even more expensive over time
Jacob Zuma is facing a mountain of debt after the Pretoria High Court ruled he must pay his own legal fees, and now it seems his debt is about to become even bigger.
It has come to light that South Africa's former president could soon be involved in a bigger legal battle than ever before.
There are claims that Zuma played a role in the oppression of white Zimbabwean farmers back in 2014.
A report by The South African indicates that Willie Spies, a lawyer and representative of AfriForum, says Zuma interfered and helped prevent the farmers from launching a tribunal that could save their land from being taken.
A group of landowners attempted to launch this tribunal after the then-president, Robert Mugabe, began taking land from the white farmers.
But the Southern African Development Community swooped in to stop this tribunal and did all they could to have it invalidated.
Zuma is one of the heads of state that signed the deal and put an end to the land owners' hopes.
Last week, the Constitutional Court ruled that Zuma had no right to sign the document and that it was “unconstitutional, unlawful and irrational” of him to do so.
The document took away the tribunal's right to adjudicate individual disputes against a state party.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Spies believes the current cost of the lawsuit could be about R2 billion, but it can easily be much more.
This is just the tip of the iceberg, there are 3000 and 4000 of them whereas here, we have just 10 of them. It shows the tremendous damage done to the Zimbabwean economy, its no wonder it collapsed.
While it's not clear yet how much Zuma can be held responsible for, he will receive a legal summons before the end of January 2019.
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