The United Democratic Movement (UDM) and Congress of the People (Cope) want President Jacob Zuma to personally provide R1 million as security before he files his state capture appeal bid.
Cope leader Mosioua Lekota says that this move to file for a security for costs application, is to make certain that Zuma can pay the cost needed to cover the inquiry.
It must be remembered that the court has already described his legal action as vexatious and it has granted costs to all the councils of all the political parties that were involved in this action. That was a big amount of money which we estimate could easily go beyond several million.— Mosioua Lekota, COPE leader
If [Zuma] makes this appeal, it means he is going to add on top of what he has already been ordered to pay out of his own pocket. We therefore need some assurance that he will be able to meet this cost here.— Mosioua Lekota, COPE leader
Lekota says that if Zuma can't pay these costs, it will fall to the political parties to dig into their own resources. He adds that if Zuma is removed from office, he will be unemployed, begging the question of how he will pay what he owes.
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