The EFF and the DA have both released press statements, citing a High Court ruling on Thursday, 13 December 2018, which ordered Jacob Zuma to pay back state-sourced legal fees, as an important achievement in the fight against corruption.
The Democratic Alliance (DA), along with the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), both released press statements on Thursday, 13 December 2018, in response to a ruling by the Gauteng North High Court against ex-president Jacob Zuma. Both parties seemed to agree that this was an important milestone.
“The system of corruption where those who loot the state are then able to defend themselves using public money has been stopped today,” read a press release issued by DA leader, Mmusi Maimane, “This case sets an important precedent, and we will take this fight further to those people complicit in state capture.”
Meanwhile, the EFF shared similar sentiments concerning the ruling’s significance, stating that, “this judgement is a milestone in a greater and broader effort, to save taxpayer’s money from politicians who occupy public office, and use state resources to fight legal battles for engaging in questionable conduct for private personal gain.”
The EFF added that it hoped that other public servants would learn from this ruling and “the legal troubles they face have nothing to do with public interest.”
Political parties were not the only vocal supporters of the ruling. The Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC) also added its weight behind the judgment, with the organisation’s executive secretary, Lawson Naidoo, saying the ruling brought to light the extent of Zuma’s exploitation of the taxpayer.
“In the course of the judgement the court recounted all of the cases that came before court, how many counsel were employed by Zuma and all those matches and referred to on more than one occasion about the luxury that Mr. Zuma took it upon himself to enjoy at taxpayers’ expense,” Naidoo said.