- JZ has blamed the DA for his high legal fees
- At the National Council of Provinces he was asked questions about the DA that sparked quick quips
- A heated debate followed in which the president said he will not be paying for his legal fees
Jacob Zuma has blamed the DA for the state having to pay so much for his legal fees.
The president has said the state could have saved a lot of money if the DA would stop dragging him to court for everything.
Jacob was answering questions at the National Council of Provinces when George Michalakis, DA MP, started asking questions that obviously annoyed the president.
George asked Jacob if he is planning on making new representations before his deadline on the 30th of November to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in regards to his 783 charges.
Zuma replied that he was receiving legal advice but George quickly fired another question about how much his legal fees have cost the state.
Thandi Modise, NCOP chairman, quickly interjected, stating that the follow up had nothing to do with the initial question.
Briefly.co.za learned from The South African that Farhat Essack, another DA MP, quickly came to his fellow’s defence, saying that the country has never had a president who has faced as many charges as our current one. He also accused the president of evading questions earlier this month about his legal costs.
Essack asked the president how he could continue to take the money of the country. This question was also disallowed.
Jaco Londt, another DA MP, accused Jacob of “not wanting to give answers to South Africa.”
This then launched Zuma’s attack.
He quickly quipped that the matters haven’t been in court for so long because of him and that he’s not responsible, because he isn’t the one who keeps taking himself to court.
He then accused the DA of going to court for everything and that’s what costs the state money.
He added that by law the state pays if the individuals is in government.
The president, already on a roll with his comebacks, later added that the court cases against him were ‘provoked by the DA.’
When asked if he will commit to paying the fees, his answer was enough to drive any South African mad.
“I’m not going to pay from my own pocket. You are just wasting time because you have nothing else to say that is substantial.”
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