Tebogo Msimanga |
The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in Bloemfontein dismissed Former President Jacob Zuma’s appeal against a judgment which ruled that the state is not liable to cover his legal costs.
In December 2018, the High court found that the state was not liable for Zuma’s legal costs which have been incurred in his personal capacity and ordered that he pay back the money.
Zuma appealed the matter which was opposed by the Democratic Alliance and the Economic Freedom Fighters. The SCA on Tuesday dismissed Zuma’s appeal with costs.
Meanwhile, the DA said it welcomes a ruling by the Supreme Court of Appeal on Tuesday confirming that former President Zuma must pay back the money that the State spent on his personal legal costs.
“The DA previously obtained an order to this effect from the High Court, which Mr. Zuma then took to the SCA on appeal. Today’s judgment dismissed Mr. Zuma’s appeal and confirms that the State Attorney is only obliged to act if it is in the Government’s or the public’s interest to do so.”
The DA added that it takes strong exception to any abuse of public funds by current or former public officials, including former Presidents. “This a victory not for the DA alone, but for all South Africans, our Constitution and the Rule of Law.” Concluded a statement issued by DA Chief of Staff, Ryan Smith.