Mmusi Maimane, leader of the Democratic Alliance, has written to President Cyril Ramaphosa asking him to do ‘the right thing’ and cancel the deal where the Presidency agreed to cover the legal fees of former president Jacob Zuma
Mmusi Maimane, leader of the DA, has asked President Cyril Ramaphosa to cancel the deal between the Presidency and former president Jacob Zuma regarding legal fees.
"I hereby respectfully request that you cancel the deal the Presidency entered into a decade ago with former president Jacob Zuma in which it was agreed that his past and future legal fees in defence of corruption charges against him would be paid for by the state," Maimane wrote.
The opposition leader mentioned the recent High Court ruling holding Zuma accountable for his own legal bill.
"It comes as no surprise that Mr Zuma is appealing this ruling, given that this has always been his modus operandi: to delay the course of justice at the taxpayer's expense,"
Maimane went on to repeat that the party will be opposing the appeal, but said that the ‘costly and unnecessary process’ could be avoided by ‘doing the right thing’.
The letter went on to say that cancelling the deal would represent a ‘clean break with South Africa’s damaging and frustrating past’.
"It would send a clear message to the nation that public money will no longer be abused for personal ends and that all South Africans - including public representatives - will be equal before the law going forward."
The leader asked Ramaphosa to make the terms of the deal public and to reveal the amount of money taxpayers have forked out thus far in Zuma’s defence.
"In the spirit of transparency, which you have promised - and since they have footed the bill to date - taxpayers have a right to know. South Africans are tired of murky backroom deals at their expense. They deserve the honest truth,"
In the statement released alongside the letter, Maimane has said that:
"Cyril Ramaphosa's forked tongue approach to corruption must come to an end."
"He cannot talk seriously about tackling corruption in his party and in his government, and at the same time continue to allow public money to be used to fund Jacob Zuma's decade-long plan to escape accountability. He must choose. And he should choose to cancel this illegitimate agreement,"
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