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Jacob Zuma to pay his own legal fees

I think it was a fantastic judgment in the North Gauteng High Court that former President, Jacob Zuma, must pay his legal fees.  He has basically run a scorched-earth policy of trying to avoid ever getting to court in most of his cases for almost a decade, using taxpayers’ money, and it is about time he starts paying some of the legal costs himself.  The Democratic Alliance had brought the case to set aside the agreement allowing Zuma’s defence team in the corruption case against him to be paid by the government and they were successful with the case.  Of course, we can expect that Zuma will challenge that, because right now he has to return the money that the State has already paid for his pending cases.  Apparently, the fees already paid by all of us as taxpayers already total between R15 million and R32 million. 

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Liz  said:
on Monday 01-Apr-19 04:39 PM
A very fair judgement, let us hope the decision is upheld as the taxpayer cannot be held responsible for Zuma's behavior.

Melissa van Tellingen   said:
on Wednesday 27-Mar-19 08:02 AM
This is great news. Why should we as the tax payers carry the burden of Zuma's recklessness. It's just fair.

Jadine Richards  said:
on Monday 18-Mar-19 11:20 AM
Its ridiculous that we as taxpayers had to bear the burden of Mr Zuma's reckless and corrupt behavior. It is a judgement that is long overdue and hopefully the legal fees will be enough to make Mr Zuma reassess the way he conducts himself and goes about his affairs.

Ashleigh  said:
on Wednesday 13-Mar-19 08:42 AM
Good. I hope this instills some sort of fear for anyone that's busy with corruption. These things do catch up to you in some way or another.

Prishani  said:
on Tuesday 05-Mar-19 01:55 PM
Another step in the right direction for our country! This is a brilliant judgment and I hope all politicians have taken note of it! We shouldn't have to pay for any of their legal fees!

Henrietta  said:
on Tuesday 05-Mar-19 12:25 PM
WOW, amazing what our hard work pays for. Good judgement. It is about time he grows up and be treated like all other humans and not like he has golden feets. It annoys me to no end when we learn that taxpayers pay for stuff like this.

Cornelie  said:
on Tuesday 05-Mar-19 09:16 AM
Its only fare for him to start paying his own fees and all the money that was paid by us must be also paid back.

brumilde  said:
on Monday 04-Mar-19 08:02 AM
I agree, finally some sort of small victory was won here. Im sure the money he has to pay will in any case land in someone else's pocket. from one to the other. And im sure he can just sell two or three of his cars and it will be sorted.

Sinead  said:
on Friday 01-Mar-19 03:38 PM
Wow. Great judgment indeed! Question is: Will he actually pay? Because he will most definitely challenge it.
It's so frustrating to know that we, the loyal tax payers, have been paying for these fees.
We live in hope that justice will be served.....

Michelle D  said:
on Friday 01-Mar-19 08:28 AM
It's a good decision but unfortunately most of his money was state money derived from his presidency.

Brenda Du Toit   said:
on Friday 01-Mar-19 08:23 AM
I am so Glad.This a step in the right direction.it's not right to use our tax money. He is not above the law.

Jolene  said:
on Monday 25-Feb-19 09:10 PM
It’s about time that Zuma pays for something…

Bianca T  said:
on Monday 25-Feb-19 10:56 AM
I'm glad that he must pay the fees now.....but will he. it is not fair to tax payers to pay his legal fees

Fikile  said:
on Monday 25-Feb-19 07:27 AM
It's time he pays he's legal fees but it won't be for long because he has friends everywhere and will be helping him with his legal fees but then we shall wait and see how he tries to get him self out this one. When it come's back to paying back the money i don't see that part happening anytime soon or ever

Shristi  said:
on Sunday 24-Feb-19 05:18 PM
This a step in the right direction! I'm glad that he is been held liable for this own legal fees. However, I'm sure that he is most definitely going to challenge that judgement.

candice  said:
on Friday 22-Feb-19 04:58 PM
I am so Glad that they have made him pay his own legal fees, it's not right to use our tax money for his legal fees. He has used and abused tax payers money in the past so he should not get away with it any longer

Victoria  said:
on Friday 22-Feb-19 04:37 PM
I agree that Zuma should pay his own legal fees, he used our tax payers money to pay for his legal fees. He is not above the law, he has stolen so much already and now still wants to use our tax payers money to pay his legal fees. He needs to pay now.

Jadine Esterhuizen  said:
on Thursday 21-Feb-19 07:20 AM
It will be fantastic that he pays back his legal fees but that too will never be given back to the taxpayers.

courtney  said:
on Wednesday 20-Feb-19 04:29 PM
Zuma will fight everything that does not go towards his will!
This is so unfair towards the people paying tax.
I really hope he doesn't get his way out this time.

Zandelee  said:
on Wednesday 20-Feb-19 12:13 PM
Just a shame that so much of tax payers money has already been spent on his case. This money could have been used for greater purposes. He should have been paying his own legal fees from the beginning.

Natasha  said:
on Wednesday 20-Feb-19 11:29 AM
So glad he has to pay his own legal fees it is so unfair that he can use taxpayers money for his own pleasure,but I am sure he will get away out of this.

Michelle Smillie  said:
on Wednesday 20-Feb-19 10:49 AM
This was a great decision by our Courts. It is good to know that our justice system, although it has some flaws, still comes through when it matters most.

Megan  said:
on Wednesday 20-Feb-19 10:18 AM
He will definitely challenge this. I don't doubt he will try to worm his way out of paying anything, he needs to be held accountable for the wrongs done to us tax payers.

Joyce  said:
on Tuesday 19-Feb-19 05:04 PM
I think D Alliance works hard to protect people of SA.

Alexis  said:
on Tuesday 19-Feb-19 04:41 PM
It is absolutely astounding to say the least at how the people get messed around like this. I am happy that he has to pay back the money. As you say though, he will challenge it and who knows from there

Lucretia  said:
on Tuesday 19-Feb-19 01:00 PM
I doubt strongly that this man will pay anything. He will continue to challenge anything that is put before him to bide his time.

Clare  said:
on Tuesday 19-Feb-19 12:37 PM
This is great, he needs to pay back the money he can not carry on getting away with the wrong he has done so Well done to Democratic Alliance you are doing great to get Justice Served.

Bianca N  said:
on Tuesday 19-Feb-19 09:42 AM
I am so happy he needs to pay his own legal fees. Our money can be used a lot better than defending someone who has used our country for his own personal gain, never caring how the people of this country will be affected by his own selfishness.

Angelica Canosa  said:
on Tuesday 19-Feb-19 08:09 AM
I am glad that Jacob is being held liable for his behavior.This is going to be a big year for South Africa. I hope that we will see a positive change.

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