Where is Zuma going to get this 'tsunami' of legal fees? - Karyn Maughan

The Presidency has confirmed that it has withdrawn its application for leave to appeal the personal costs order against former president Jacob Zuma.

Zuma filed the application for leave to appeal in the state capture matter during his tenure last year.

The former president is potentially liable for a legal bill of about R10 million.

Karima Brown spoke to Senior Specialiast reporter and Journalist at Tiso Blackstar, Karyn Maughan to get clarity on the case and whether the state will still be paying for his legal fees throughout the process.

From speaking to former president Zuma's legal advisers prior to all of this, they said their understanding was that until such time that a review is successful in challenging the so called 2006 deal to fund his legal fees, they would believe that he would be entitled to such funding, but that is in relation to his prosecution...

Karyn Maughan, Journalist at Tiso Blackstar

The state capture matter is not about his defense against corruption charges, it is very much about him acting in his personal interest to prevent a commission of inquiry going ahead which would have directly involved himself, his son, his friends, the Gupta family and these issues of whether or not he had essentially handed over his presidential prerogative to hire and fire ministers to private interests.

Karyn Maughan, Journalist at Tiso Blackstar

At this point we have no idea if the state will continue to provide that money and I think it is going to be one of the major parliamentary questions coming out of opposition and I think we do need answers because it is actually not clear who is paying for this.

Karyn Maughan, Journalist at Tiso Blackstar

If one considers, I think the last estimated salary for the president was in around 2.9 million a year. Where is he going to get this funding from if the court goes against him?

Karyn Maughan, Journalist at Tiso Blackstar

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