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DA to oppose Zuma’s latest appeal to cost judgement

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The Democratic Alliance’s (DA) on Wednesday, 2 January 2019, released statement saying that their  lawyers were informed that former president Jacob Zuma will seek leave to appeal the North Gauteng High Court judgement which ordered him to pay back the money already incurred by his many court challenges.

“We will be launching an application in terms of Section 18 of the Superior Courts Act, read with Uniform Rule 49 (11), to have the High Court judgment take immediate effect to prevent any more taxpayer money being squandered on Zuma’s frivolous legal appeals,” the statement read.

James Selfe, the DA Federal Council Chairperson, said that the DA is “of the view that the High Court judgement must remain in effect irrespective of any appeals Zuma might launch.”

“This application for leave to appeal is clearly designed to delay and undermine the Court’s judgement and to once again have the State pay for Zuma’s legal fees.”

“This should and must not be allowed. While Zuma is free to seek leave to appeal any court judgement, he cannot do so using public funds.”

“Zuma must be stopped from evading accountability, especially since he is attempting to use state funds on endless appeals.”

“Jacob Zuma has been implicated in corruption and the looting of the State, and has essentially ransacked the public coffers to defend his role in the State Capture project.”

“South Africans are still suffering from the consequences of Zuma’s disastrous tenure in office and he is not entitled to any further financial support from the government or the people of South Africa,” he added.

In November last year, the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria formally ordered former president, Jacob Zuma, to pay back millions of rands to the State after it found that he “illegally used taxpayers’ funds to defend corruption and fraud cases against him”.

Devina Haripersad

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