Zuma addresses nation

Zuma insists that the taxpayer cover his ‘state capture’ interdict legal fees

El presidente’s legal team believes its only fair that the state, and not the president himself, cover the fees racked up in Zuma’s unsuccessful attempt at blocking the release of Thuli Madonsela’s ‘State of Capture’ report.

Zuma addresses nation

After unsuccessfully trying to silence former PP Thuli Madonsela’s report into alleged state capture, Zuma’s legal team wants the court to rule that the president shouldn’t pay his own legal fees.

Anthea Platt, on behalf of el presidente, has asked the Pretoria High Court not to force her client to pay the costs related to the interdict application he made alongside fellow Gupta-buddies Mosebenzi Zwane and Des van Rooyen.

“The State attorney was obliged to perform work on behalf of the President…the order sought by the [opposition parties] involved in the interdict seeks to pierce the attorney-client relationship which is sacred,” Platt’s court papers read.

And so, Zuma insists his office – ie government – covers his legal fees and not he himself.

“We submit therefore that the president should not be mulcted with a costs order to be paid by him personally.”