The huge amount of money which the court has mandated the former number one to pay could leave him broke.
Former President Jacob Zuma has been ordered to foot his own legal bill and pay back the state funds he used to fight all his civil and criminal cases in the past 10 years. The judgment was handed down in Pretoria on Thursday morning. It holds Zuma liable to pay legal fees to the value of R15- to R32-million.
“It is declared that the state is not liable for the legal costs incurred by Mr Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma in his personal capacity in criminal prosecutions instituted against him in any civil litigation related or incidental thereto and for any other associated legal costs,” EWN reported Judge Aubrey Ledwaba as saying.
The bench was unanimous in the judgment.
The State Attorney’s office has also been ordered to compile a full and complete record of all of Zuma’s legal fees, and has also been ordered to use whatever means necessary to recover the funds from the former president.
[BREAKING] The North Gauteng High Court has ruled that Jacob Zuma will have to pay for his own legal charges and set aside the initial decision.
This is a huge victory for the DA, and we have always been clear that no tax payer’s money should be wasted on Jacob Zuma charges. pic.twitter.com/BYdRefvPai
— Democratic Alliance (@Our_DA) December 13, 2018