Zuma ordered to refund South Africa for legal fees
South Africa’s former President Jacob Zuma must pay back the money provided for his legal fees, a court has ruled.
It is estimated that the state has paid between US$1m (£792,000) and US$2.2m in legal costs for him.
Mr Zuma has been fighting multiple allegations of corruption for more than a decade and has incurred
millions of dollars in legal fees.
The court’s decision marks the end of a grim year for Mr Zuma, who was forced out of office in February.
His successor, Cyril Ramaphosa, has been working to restore public confidence in the country’s prosecution service.
Mr Ramaphosa recently admitted that an agreement between Mr Zuma and former President Thabo Mbeki had formed the basis of the decision to continue paying Mr Zuma’s legal fees, more than a decade ago.
Behind the arms deal that landed Zuma in court The opposition took the presidency to court after Ramaphosa’s revelation.
A judge has now declared the agreement invalid and ordered the state attorney to take steps to recover
all legal costs incurred.
The former RSA President Zuma has a large family, and has often sought financial support from business associates – a habit
that lies at the heart of the many corruption scandals that have engulfed him.
He faces 16 charges of fraud, corruption and money laundering stemming from hundreds of payments
made to him in relation to a 1990s arms procurement deal.
Zuma denies any wrongdoing.