Zuma appeals R16m legal debt hoping to shift burden onto taxpayers

Zuma appeals R16m legal debt hoping to shift burden onto taxpayers

- Jacob Zuma has launched a bid to shift his mountain of legal bills onto South African taxpayers

- Nevertheless the former president is adamant that the courts should not judge him for it

- This comes as Msholozi faces a new lawsuit, this time from another ANC stalwart, Derek Hanekom

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Jacob Zuma has confirmed that he will be appealing the 2018 judgement which saw him personally liable for a staggering R16 million legal bill.

The Pretoria High Court ruled that the state should not carry the burden of his seemingly endless legal battles, but Zuma seems to disagree.

In fact, the former president and ANC veteran insists that the courts should look kindly upon him:

“The courts must never criticise or condemn me [for fighting legal cases]. I am unable to pay my legal costs and this has placed my legal defence at risk. I have not engaged in any litigation strategy intended to avoid accountability, either.”

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If Msholozi succeeds in this latest endeavour, taxpayers will have yet another burden hoisted upon them. The 2018 ruling was lauded as a victory for accountability by most, reports The South African.

Briefly.co.za reported that Zuma is facing a new set of legal troubles, this time from within the ANC itself. Ex-minister Derek Hanekom is suing uBaba for claiming he colluded with 'enemy forces' to oust him as the president of South Africa.

Hanekom is seeking R500 000 in damages over Zuma's claim and demanding a retraction of the offending statement along with an apology.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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