Ex-president Jacob Zuma has lost his bid to overturn a ruling that he would have to pay back over R16 million spent on legal bills.
Former President Jacob Zuma has had his plea for leave to appeal a finding that he couldn't use State funds to pay for his legal costs dismissed.
Business Day reports that the High Court in Pretoria had dismissed Zuma's bid to avoid repaying more than R16 million, spent over the last 14 years, on his various court cases.
Zuma's lawyer, Muzi Sikhakhane, told the KwaZulu-Natal High Court - where the ex-president was facing corruption charges - that he is adamant that his client could not fund his corruption trial.
The State was accused of trying to bleed Zuma dry through endless litigation until the politician couldn't afford to pay his mounting legal bills, reports EWN.
Briefly.co.za reported that the Gauteng High Court had ordered Zuma to pay back millions spent by the State, finding that he had illegally used taxpayers' coin to defend corruption and fraud cases.
Nevertheless, Sikhakhane is adamant that his client simply doesn't have the money:
“Mr Zuma remains here, squeezed out of everything he could do. He has no finances, the State has squeezed that (sic).”
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