The Presidency says it has agreed to pay for Zuma's trial defence, but not the costs of his various court challenges.
The Business Day reports that former president Jacob Zuma’s court bid to stop his criminal trial from going ahead suffered a major setback after the government refused to guarantee to funds for his attempts to prevent the process.
Journalist at Tiso Black Star, Karyn Maughan explains what the Presidency is saying.
Yes, we will fund you in terms of defending yourself against the corruption charges that have been brought against you until such time as such funding is declared unlawful.— Karyn Maughan, Journalist at Tiso Black Star
But if you want us to fund, for instance, the review of Shaun Abrahams decision to prosecute you, you are going to have to apply to us and convince us that there is a legal basis to do so.— Karyn Maughan, Journalist at Tiso Black Star
She adds that what is interesting about the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) court action is that they are challenging the legality of each and every legal fee payment.
In the mind of the state attorney, that it is very likely that you would have to go to a court of law and defend your decision to fund this litigation and its rationality.— Karyn Maughan, Journalist at Tiso Black Star
There, of course, is an argument that the Presidency's attempt to use the State Attorneys Act as a legal justification for the funding that Zuma has received thus far, is deeply and fundamentally flawed.— Karyn Maughan, Journalist at Tiso Black Star
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