State to pay Simelane's legal bills

2012-07-19 07:42

Johannesburg - The State will pay the legal costs for Menzi Simelane, whose appointment as national director of public prosecutions has been challenged by the DA, the Business Day reported on Thursday.

"The amount of legal costs incurred and paid on behalf of Advocate Simelane thus far... amounted to R1 770 324,90," Justice Minister Jeff Radebe said in response to a parliamentary question on Wednesday.

"Adv Simelane's legal costs... were incurred as a result of a legal challenge... Adv Simelane was cited in papers as the incumbent of the post and it was on this basis that he was granted legal representation at state expense."

The amount would not be repaid.

"I do not intend recovering the said costs from Adv Simelane for the following reasons: the court challenge was a review and setting aside of his appointment," Radebe was quoted as saying.

"Adv Simelane was appointed by the president and therefore occupied the post... There is no irregularity or unlawfulness on the part of Adv Simelane when he was appointed."

Simelane has been on special leave since the end of last year when the Supreme Court of Appeal ruled that President Jacob Zuma and Radebe had failed to consider misgivings about Simelane when he was appointed to the post.

The matter is now on appeal to the Constitutional Court.

  • CharlesDumbwin - 2012-07-19 07:48

    Only in Africa... Correction, only in this part of Africa run by the corrupt ANC.

      sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-07-19 08:43

      It is ironic that the South African taxpayer always gets the short end of the stick.

      gieljam.gomtor - 2012-07-19 09:11

      The Heading is incorrect, it should have read "Tax Paying Public "not state,will PAY . The state should be mentioned as the reason why we must pay not forgetting the poor who will now receive less due to the coffers running dry ..

      Revelgen - 2012-07-19 09:14

      Yes, the 'State' is you and me - the hard-pressed taxpayers who see more and more of our moola being used for defending crooks and filling ANC pockets. Enough already! We now need a decent government for all our sakes.

      amanda.vandenberg.758 - 2012-07-19 17:51

      And supposedly getting his salary?

  • deon.vantonder.77 - 2012-07-19 07:54

    Let showerhead Zuma pay for it. He was the one who gave the OK. He alays claims he did not made the decission. Wonder what decissions does he really make, maybe who is going to shower with him next time.

  • tommo.too - 2012-07-19 07:57

    The state pays fot a whole lot more than his legal bills. That's just the tip of the ice berg. Another exciting event in the highly privileged world of the ANC

      Jellyarse - 2012-07-19 08:21

      Look at the smile on the face of this arrogant thieving sonnoffabitch! I'd love to smack it off!

      Klaus - 2012-07-19 08:36

      The State ? You mean the Tax Payer, not voter !

  • sean.mkhize.1 - 2012-07-19 08:07

    And who pays for DA's legal costs? It is big business? Is it UK? DA is the biggest spender and no one questions that. These are double standards and not good for this young democracy!

      coenraad.vanderwesthuizen.3 - 2012-07-19 08:14

      Don't be an asshat, sean.mkhize. The DA is not the biggest spender by far. The ANC led government under Zuma holds that record by far. If spending x amount of money to save y amount where y is much larger than x, then why not?

      werner.we.1 - 2012-07-19 08:18

      The DA is not the ruling party , does not have access to tax money ,I don't care where the DA get's or spend their money , I am not forced by them to pay tax.If they are in power I will complain about them waisting money also. Show some facts and learn how the system works

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-07-19 08:19

      At the end of the day the Gov. uses tax payers money, not theire own. We must guard against those wasting our money.

      pws69 - 2012-07-19 08:33

      Please provide FACTS to support your OPINION. No facts, no credibility.

      pws69 - 2012-07-19 08:35

      Sean, I am a South African. Why would I pay taxes in Europe. Why don't you go F34k yourself, you racist piece of excrement.

      werner.we.1 - 2012-07-19 08:54

      stop going back 20 years , I was way to young then , no apartheid goverment help me , surviving in what you call a young democracy. How much tax did you pay last year, seem you don't mind your money being wasted , if at all it is your money

      Revelgen - 2012-07-19 09:18

      Mkhize - I voted against the Nationalist government and was one of the two-thirds of Whites that voted against apartheid. I am still against apartheid - but am gatvol with a corrupt government that steals billions from the poor of SA and fills its own pockets with my tax money. Incidentally, do YOU pay tax?

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-19 10:02

      Sean, don't worry about the DA's legal costs. They have their financial house in order and don't spunge of the taxpayers.

  • themba.thwala.98 - 2012-07-19 08:24

    My view is the state must pay because it appointed Simelane and even though the challenge is on Zuma's ill~advised appointment, Simelane is also a party to the proceedings. If the state looses the case, but Simelane challenges the outcome, then he must foot the legal bill out of his own pocket.

  • Lindelwa - 2012-07-19 08:24

    More money going down the drain while ordinary South Africans suffer and taxpayers are robbed daylight by the corrupt ANC government.

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