- Jacob Zuma shared a video on social media in which he stated that he instructed his lawyers to appeal the court's ruling on his legal fees
- Zuma then explained why he did so, saying that it does not feel fair that he must pay when apartheid killers enjoyed the state's funding for their cases
- This comes after the Pretoria High Court ruled that Zuma must pay his own legal fees earlier in December
Jacob Zuma took to social media to share his opinion on why he has decided to appeal the High Court ruling that he must pay his own legal fees.
The former president stated first that the court's ruling must be respected before he went on to talk about why he instructed his lawyer to appeal the court's decision.
Zuma pointed out that the state paid the legal costs of apartheid killers.
I’m saying this because many leaders of the apartheid system – some of whom killed my colleagues – they were charged and there were quite a number of them… the state paid for their cases, not just one amount, very huge amounts.
Paid by this very democratic state, that we all fought to bring about. But the very same state is saying, me, one of among those who fought this very democratic state, I must pay for myself.
So apartheid killers they must be defended by the state… fighters of the democratic country, they must pay for themselves.
Earlier in December, the Pretoria High Court ruled that 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, as reported on by Briefly.co.za.
A report by EWN indicates that the amount owed by Zuma could be anything between R15 million and R32 million.
Zuma ended his video discussion by saying he just wanted to share how he feels about the matter.
I just thought I should make those comments for all to know how I feel.
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