- Ex-president Jacob Zuma has requested leave in order to appeal the Gauteng High Court’s judgement which ordered him to repay the money used in his numerous court battles
- The Democratic Alliance has announced its decision to ensure Zuma personally pays for the appeal
- The DA further says that the ANC using Jacob Zuma in election campaigns shows their lack of commitment in protecting public funding from a man accused of looting public coffers
Jacob Zuma will be appealing the High Court in Pretoria’s ruling that the should repay the funds used in his numerous court challenges.
The Democratic Alliance has announced its decision to ask the court to make the ex-president pay for the appeal personally.
James Selfe, the Federal Council chair for the party, released a statement saying that their lawyers knew of Zuma’s intentions.
"We will be launching an application in terms of Section 18 of the Superior Courts Act, read with Uniform Rule 49 (11), to have the High Court judgment take immediate effect to prevent any more taxpayer money being squandered on Zuma's frivolous legal appeals," the chair said.
The opposition party feels that the judgment should remain in effect, irrespective of any appeals from the former president.
The chair feels that Zuma’s application for leave to appeal was ‘designed to delay and undermine the court’s judgment’ in an attempt to have the state pay his legal fees.
"This should and must not be allowed. While Zuma is free to seek leave to appeal any court judgment, he cannot do so using public funds," he said.
Selfe went on to say that Zuma must be prevented from evading accountability, even more so as he attempts to use state funds on appeals. The ex-president has been accused of corruption and looting public funds and has been dipping into these funds to defend his role in the state capture project.
"It is also an indictment on the ANC government in general, on President Cyril Ramaphosa in particular, that there is no stronger stance against Zuma’s abuse of public money. It is clear that the ANC is expediently using Zuma for campaigning purposes and is, therefore, hamstrung in taking a principled stand on protecting the South African taxpayer from further looting."
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