Zuma hasn't paid back the money: Says he's targeted because he's black

Zuma hasn't paid back the money: Says he's targeted because he's black

- Jacob Zuma has managed to expertly evade his corruption trial in favour of appealing the whole thing altogether

- With no funding handed over for the hefty legal bills owed to the state, the government has opted out of funding any more of the ex-president's legal battles

- Zuma, speaking after the postponement, claimed that he has been targeted because of his race

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Tuesday saw Jacob Zuma stealthily avoiding the trial his lawyer says he has been waiting 14 years for.

Briefly.co.za reported that the long-awaited corruption trial, relating to the Thales arms deal debacle, had been postponed in order to allow the former president to appeal prosecution.

His legal team is convinced that appealing to a higher court would prove fruitful after the Pietermartizburg High Court denied his appeal for a permanent stay in prosecution.

News24 reported that the Department of Justice has confirmed they haven't seen a cent of Zuma's outstanding R15 million legal bill.

READ ALSO: Citizens react: Zuma postpones trial he's been waiting 14 years for

The government says that they will not be footing the politician's legal bills in his latest battle either.

Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane intends to write to President Cyril Ramaphosa to get it in writing that the state won't be funding Zuma's 'stalling tactic':

"It has been almost a year since the Gauteng High Court [in Pretoria] ordered Zuma to pay back the monies spent on his legal fees, and the people of South Africa deserve to know whether this has happened yet."

702 reports that outside of the court, Zuma had told supporters why he thought he was being 'targeted' by the justice system:

"Outside court Zuma told his supporters he was being targetted because of the colour of his skin. He says that as a black person he has been shown that he will suffer until eternity."

The trial has been postponed until February next year to allow the embattled former president to begin his appeal process.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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