The North Guateng court’s decision means that Zuma will have to pay legal costs dating back to 2005 setting aside all decisions by the state attorney and presidency.
“The state is not liable for the legal costs incurred by Mr. Jacob Zuma in his personal capacity in criminal prosecutions instituted against him in any civil litigation, related or incidental thereto and for any other associated legal costs.
“The state attorney is directed to compile a complete and full accounting of all legal costs that were incurred by Mr. Zuma in his personal capacity in the criminal prosecution instituted against him,” the judgment read in part.
The Democratic Alliance DA, South Africa’s main opposition party had in March this year started a legal process to force Zuma to pay back over $1.3 million in taxpayers’ money which the party claims were used to fight “personal” legal battles.
Reacting to the court verdict, DA party leader, Mmusi Maimane tweeted: “Today we managed to save the citizens of our country millions, we have stopped our people from being the ATM (automated teller machine) that funds the corrupts’ litigation.
The DA leader is also on record to have questioned an alleged agreement on legal fees between Zuma and former president Thabo Mbeki‚ which said his legal fees would be paid in the event that he was found guilty of the charges.