Zuma's demand for blank cheque for legal fees unconscionable - James Selfe

DA CFE says President has cost taxpayers enough, Spy Tapes case has already cost R30m in legal fees

Zuma can get all the security and benefits he is entitled to – in prison

The DA notes reports today that President Jacob Zuma has demanded a host of conditions as part of his exit package from the Union Building.

According to reports, Zuma has demanded state-guaranteed safety for himself and his family, that his security detail remains in place, and that his legal fees for current and future legal matters be paid for by the people of South Africa.

The Spy Tapes case alone it is estimated to have cost R30 million or more in legal fees.

It is unthinkable that Zuma would demand a continuation of his security detail and state-funded legal fees. If Zuma wants maximum security, he can take up residence at a state-funded prison.

Zuma has cost the people of South Africa enough and taxpayers money can be put to better use in addressing the disastrous legacy of Zuma’s Presidency.

If Zuma’s demands are met by the ANC, it would be a damning indictment on the ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa who has chosen to negotiate a dignified exit for the man faced with 783 counts of corruption, fraud, money-laundering and racketeering, who was at the heart of the Nkandla scandal and who likely facilitated State Capture.

This is an insult to the people of South Africa and the DA will not stand for this. Jacob Zuma broke his oath of office, willfully disrespected our Constitution and brought our economy to its knees. He must be prosecuted and, if found guilty, be locked up for his crimes.

Statement issued by James Selfe MP, DA Federal Council Chairperson, 11 February 2018