Pretoria - It was a dark day for President Jacob Zuma – not only was the damning former public protector’s report published, but he might also have to dig into his own pocket to foot the legal bill for his now aborted bid to gag State of Capture.
It could run up to more than R3 million, according to a senior advocate who was part of the proceedings.
While ordering that the dreaded report be placed in the public domain by 5pm on Wednesday, the high court in Pretoria was also considering whether to hold the president personally liable for the legal fees of all the parties involved.
The court has already slapped the Zuma camp with a punitive costs order – far higher than a normal costs order – but it was yet to be decided whether taxpayers or Zuma would carry them.
This issue was postponed indefinitely and Zuma was given seven days to deliver submissions to the court on why he shouldn't be held accountable for the bill.