The North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Thursday handed down a ruling that former president Jacob Zuma should pay his own legal costs which he incurred in the last decade.
This means that Zuma is now liable for legal fees of between R15 - R32 million.
EWN reporter Barry Bateman says Zuma will have to foot his own legal bill the next time he appears in court. He says Deputy Judge President Aubrey Ledwaba has reviewed the agreement made between the Presidency, state attorney's office and Jacob Zuma in 2007 as well as the recent one between President Ramaphosa and Jacob Zuma.
What the court has ordered is that within the next three months the state attorney is to compile a full and complete account of all the legal costs and report back to the court.— Barry Bateman, EWN senior reporter
ANC's acting spokesperson Dakota Lekgoete says the ANC welcomes the court's ruling. He says it's in the interest of the governing party that the rule of law is respected.
Lekgoete says the party will be studying the court papers because it has always been the norm for the state to pay a president's legal fees - until now.
The court has ruled that it is no longer the case in our republic. I think it will only be fair that as the ANC we be given space to study the papers and from there we will be in a position to pronounce ourselves in terms of what course of action we are going to take.— Dakota Lekgoete, ANC's acting spokesperson
We need to put it on record that former president Zuma was the president of the republic mandated by the ANC and that's the reason we need space to study the papers.— Dakota Lekgoete, ANC's acting spokesperson
He says that Zuma had every right to approach the courts for clarity, either to challenge or to reverse judgments, because, in a democratic country, the courts are the highest decision-making body.
From our side, the former president did nothing wrong (in approaching the court for clarity).— Dakota Lekgoete, ANC's acting spokesperson
It is the upper court that can make decisions, either to review or to reverse or to uphold and there's is nothing wrong in a democratic country.— Dakota Lekgoete, ANC's acting spokesperson
DA leader Mmusi Maimane says this court ruling is a well-deserved Christmas present for the people of South Africa
With our taxes, we have paid millions to keep someone who has committed a crime out of jail and now we have to make sure that if Zuma wants to litigate he cannot rely on an agreement made between him and the ANC and Ramaphosa. He has to pay for it himself.— Mmusi Maimane, DA leader
We are tired of the corrupt using taxpayers funds to fund their corrupt cases.— Mmusi Maimane, DA leader
National Spokesperson for Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans Carl Niehaus says he supports the court ruling. However, he believes the ruling needs to be studied carefully because it diverts from the previous position that any person who has incurred legal costs during their tenure as president has the state to pay for the legal fees.
We have to ask ourselves if this is a ruling that is correct in terms of Jacob Zuma, now having to pay these legal fees or whether this is diverting from something which was up to now a clear legal position.— Carl Niehaus, National Spokesperson for Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans
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