Zuma is playing a high-stakes game in legal fees battle says Karyn Maughan

The Presidency confirmed this week that the state will continue paying for former president Jacob Zuma's legal fees pending a court decision on the matter.

The former president is on trial on 16 charges of fraud and corruption and wants the state to continue paying for his defence.

There has been a court application by the Democratic Alliance and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) to stop the arrangement.

READ: 'EFF's demand to have Zuma's lawyer pay his legal fees is a smart move'

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Gushwell Brooks, standing in for Karima Brown, spoke to Karyn Maughan, Senior Specialist reporter and Journalist at Tiso Blackstar to unpack the story.

The spy tapes litigation itself, that alone, was R 15.3 million. We have done estimates that the total cost of Jacob Zuma's legal fees in his corruption prosecution matter amount to about R42 million.

Karyn Maughan, Journalist at Tiso Blackstar

You must also remember Jacob Zuma has a R10 million cost order against him in a second case. The court in that case - saying because of the way he litigated, he should be forced to pay the cost of that.

Karyn Maughan, Journalist at Tiso Blackstar

If and when there is an order that Jacob Zuma or his lawyers have to pay back this money, it is a very high-stakes game he is playing here...

Karyn Maughan, Journalist at Tiso Blackstar

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