Johannesburg - Former president Jacob Zuma has broken his silence on the recent North Gauteng High Court ruling ordering him to pay the State back all the money used defending his corruption and fraud cases.
Earlier this month, deputy Judge President Aubrey Ledwaba, handing down judgment in less than 10 minutes, found that the decisions of former president Thabo Mbeki and later the incumbent President Cyril Ramaphosa to pay for Zuma’s legal fees were unlawful and illegal.
Judge Ledwaba said Zuma must pay back all the legal fees the State spent on him since his criminal trial began in 2005 and all civil litigations he undertook to ensure that all the charges against him were dropped.
The fees have been estimated at R15.3 million.
Zuma was also ordered to pay back the legal fees the State incurred during a nine-year battle with the DA to force the NPA the reinstate criminal charges against him.