Zuma gets extra R20m for legal fees

2012-10-27 10:14

Johannesburg - The Treasury has given President Jacob Zuma an extra R20m to cover his legal costs, the Saturday Star reported.

A document released on Thursday by the Treasury stated that presidency would receive an extra R28m, R20m of which would go towards "legal and executive service costs."

Chairperson of Parliament's Standing Committee on public accounts (Scopa) Themba Godi said his committee had requested a breakdown of the legal costs, but was unsuccessful.

The committee had a meeting with Treasury officials three months ago regarding unauthorised expenditure in three departments, including the presidency.
Godi said government did not have a "bottomless pit of cash" and that it all boiled down to poor planning. "One would expect the office of the president to lead by example," he told the newspaper.

"But I understand there might have been unavoidable circumstances."

It was reported earlier in the week that President Zuma  reduced his legal claim against cartoonist Zapiro from R4m to R100 000.

  • rooibok1 - 2012-10-27 10:20

    Money for jam....this is faarkt-up times!!

      ianon.ym - 2012-10-27 10:29

      So R20mil goes towards his legal fees - where do the R8mil go? What a contorted country SA has become!!!

      bruce.williams.1044186 - 2012-10-27 10:36

      R20 million of OUR money!! BS

      andrez.kolesky - 2012-10-27 10:40

      Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realise that it bears a very close resemblance to the first. Prostitution is sometimes referred to as "the world's oldest profession". We are being screwed

      Amandlawhereto - 2012-10-27 10:42

      Bra Jake should just legalise crime, we would save a fortune in legal costs.

      lownabester - 2012-10-27 10:48

      How much more will this idiot cost us???? Please get rid of him.

      robin.stobbs.9 - 2012-10-27 10:51

      .................................................................... !

      robin.stobbs.9 - 2012-10-27 10:52

      = speechless!

      gungets.tuft - 2012-10-27 11:05

      @Leonardb1 - how are you going to accomplish that? You will have to pay across VAT or lose your business. You will need to pay PAYE for yourself and your employees or you will go to jail. So, you can be creative, but pay you will. Sorry.

      george.pistorius - 2012-10-27 11:05

      How about use that money for the POOR not the poor skilled!!

      jannie.kotze.7 - 2012-10-27 11:40

      Get rid of mr. useless zoompie. He is not and will never be an asset to SA. He is one big "Afrikaans BOX" a liability, spineless and big vacuum between the ears moron!!!!!!!

      lsfreak - 2012-10-27 11:54

      Yeah by time this poor soul stops trying to hide stuff and comes out with the truth... Wait then he'll be in prison again, waiting for he's son JuJu :D

      daniel.jacobs.3766 - 2012-10-27 12:24

      A President who has to spend half his term in court trying to pull the wool over our eyes........ No wonder the country is in such a mess!!

      markus.hegewisch - 2012-10-27 13:07

      THE MAN MUST RESIGN! In any country where the president is actually accountable for his/her mistakes, they resign to take responsibility and maintain dignity. Our incompetent, blundering, fool will fight to the end to prove innocence and ultimately lose all credibility and moral fibre...

      omo.naija.750 - 2012-10-27 14:22

      Why can't the ANC pay for him instead,they elected him into to power not the treasury?????

      heathway.master - 2012-10-27 17:52

      I would estimate that Zuma has cost the tax payer in excess of a billion rand during his ineffective 5 year term. In return he has given the country absolutely nothing, except set the economy on a downhill trajectory. The Government calls for wage freezes, tightening of belts, and modest living for its citizens, yet spends itself, as though the countries taxes are and endless bottomless pit. I am now becoming more and more resentful of giving my "Blood Money Taxes" to this abominable, corrupt, inefficient, incompetent useless Government we have been cursed with. My first action of a "Tax Revolt" is to refuse to give that criminal government organization SANRAL, a single cent of my desperately hard earned tax. They can all get stuffed, and disappear up their own rectums. Enough is enough, and I sincerely hope the rest of the population feels the same, and together will rise up against this e-toll super tax, the Government is so arrogantly and forcefully implementing. The people are simply gatvol, of feeding this voracious, useless, Government anymore. Let them get all the extra money they need, by tightening the civil services belts, until their fat stomachs are squeezed and reduced in size.

      louis.olivier.988 - 2012-10-28 07:21

      Check his back pocket

      enlightened.bowman - 2012-10-28 08:49

      No, this is an embarrassing stain on our country and ouselves as a nation for failing to deal with this maniac.

      heathway.master - 2012-10-28 15:29

      No idea how thrilled I am reading all these quotes. For once in the country’s history, both Black and White are unified in their dislike for this obscenely useless object, who, woe be our beloved land, happens to have the title of President.

      heathway.master - 2012-10-29 10:25

      At the end of the day, one certainly has to begrudgingly give Zuma full credit for the supreme power he has risen to. The man dropped out of school in standard two, and yet runs one of the most sophisticated countries on the continent. If you really want to closely analyse the situation, with his standard two education, his vocabulary has to be too poor and limited for him to ever read or understand any important documents of State, or any heady legal or administrative document t. For this reason, all vital documents of state will have to be read and interpreted by others, and then very slowly and simply explained to him, for his vital decisions regarding the running of the country to be made. Every single speech of his must be written by others, and not contain any big words that he simply fails to understand, or is incapable of pronouncing. All this I feel, has to diminish his ability to, understand or comprehend the mountains of information given him, to effectively run the country. In my opinion, he is incapable of reading any adult book, or any adult review, or discussion articles. Maybe that is why he has so many wives to occupy his free time, and needs a “Sun City” to relax in with his harem over parliamentary breaks.

  • faizieishlah.shabalala - 2012-10-27 10:20

    Not all pirates live on the West Coast of Somalia.

      indianajohn - 2012-10-28 12:35

      I think you'll find that nobody lives on the west coast of Somalia, as there is no West coast :)

      art5SA - 2012-10-28 14:55

      NOW tell us Zuma is not a DICTATOR!!!!!!!!!!!! R200m of TAX PAYERS MONEY for his PERSONAL HOUSE....and now R20m for his OWN PERSONAL LEGAL FEES!!! South Africa is being run LIKE A FAMILY BUSINESS!!!!!! Sing with me: "Nkozi Sikalele iBANANA REEPUBLEEK...."

      aristar.aristary - 2012-10-28 20:19

      Of all the animals, man is the only one that lies. Mark Twain

  • Kawasaki1985 - 2012-10-27 10:20

    What The F....!!!! Where do I collect mine !!

      SharonE - 2012-10-27 12:15

      The purse has been flung wide open. I bet Jacob now wishes he had more hands!!

  • derek.bredenkamp.3 - 2012-10-27 10:22

    OK, that's the final straw, my hard earned tax money being spent on protecting corrupt politicians from prosecution? I'm not contributing another cent!

      rontheogre - 2012-10-27 10:48

      Good for you. My company and personal taxes have been paid into a trust account since the beginning of the year and was actually shocked to see what I paid thus far as company and private entity, when all is put together. If enough of us do this the thieves will have to start stealing from each other. Can you imagine 15 million bedonderde grant recipients poking the ANC in the chest while asking where "their" money(our taxes) is.

      dewald.galjaard - 2012-10-27 11:10

      I agree. This is it! Who can provide us legal advice? Are there any organisations we can join?

      johny.stront - 2012-10-29 10:28

      I'M In!!!! No More Taxes !!!

  • adriaan.mostert - 2012-10-27 10:23


      beverly.young3 - 2012-10-27 10:31

      Vomits next to you.......

      beverly.young3 - 2012-10-27 10:35

      and then thinks, "hey now I know why he dropped his claim amount re Zapiro" he couldnt budget the lawyers fees, as he only has R20 million to spend" dam.........times are tough

      jmlongwe - 2012-10-27 20:17

      I have always wondered where these politicians eat, dine etc because everyone hates them, they are not really safe to be going out in public the way President Obama goes out campaigning for example. If i were to see Zuma, i'd hit him with something probably. Even where they live, do their neighbours look at them in disgust? So this leaves me to think that they live in isolation, from work they go straight home and back to work again, sad. How do their kids get treated when they say who their fathers and mothers are? i'd beat the crap out of a politicians kid 'probably' just to send a message to them

  • mholthuysen - 2012-10-27 10:23

    Wow must be a popular president if he is more in court than in parliament. Arms Deal, Shaikh and Co, his kraal in Nkandla and all the legal affairs - he should be in jail and certainly not President of a country!!

      angela.salloway - 2012-10-29 13:25

      It's our money keeping him out of gaol, just think what R20,000,000.00 would provide in housing for the poor!!

  • tumisang.kolobe - 2012-10-27 10:24

    If he didn't make poor decisions then this money would not be needed.this is wasteful

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-10-27 13:01

      If the masses were better educated and voted properly, absolutely none of this would be happening either. So long as you keep voting for cANCer the theft continues.

  • daniel.w.gie - 2012-10-27 10:25

    Well , officially a Banana republic , we are financing a corrupt President with State money ........hahahahahaha.

      dewald.galjaard - 2012-10-27 11:11

      what is so f! funny about that?

      andrez.kolesky - 2012-10-27 13:59

      @Truth24. We may as well laugh, the rest of the world is.

      juan.prinsloo.750 - 2012-10-27 20:59

      King zuma is trying to outdo goodwill zweletini

  • eugene.muller.7 - 2012-10-27 10:26

    Some more mhoola for the crimnal to stay out of

  • tania.leies - 2012-10-27 10:27

    Why does this sound like the tax payer is covering the president's legal costs? I'm not okay with that!

  • andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-10-27 10:27

    This must be the most expensive president ever in this country!! Once again no explanation given as to reasons, just like Nkandla.Just take taxpayer money time and time again. We already pay some R15m for his many wives and it seems the treasury is a bottomless pit of taxpayer money. Where does it end? - 2012-10-27 10:37

      not only in this country the world.

      mabhekana.nzuza - 2012-10-27 10:39

      U are just talking the talk of the talk.

      mabhekana.nzuza - 2012-10-27 11:01

      Thumb's up Zuma 2 improve Nkandla, now Nkandla looks the same as other Towns.

      chris.debeer1 - 2012-10-27 11:47

      mabhekana you are one very sad R@TARDED soul!!!

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-10-27 13:02

      @mabhekana ~ Did it hurt when your mother dropped you on your head?

      craig.elliott.75 - 2012-10-28 08:52

      mabhekana nzuzu .. Tell me please what exactly has your president done for you .. How have you directly benefited from this philanderers ways? How do you not get mad knowing a criminal is running the country ? How does it make you feel knowing your hard earned tax is used to finance further crime and corruption and sink the country deeper into the pits of oblivion then it already is ? Oh Wait .. you don't pay tax so why would you care right ?

      hein.huyser - 2012-10-28 10:55

      @nzuza, your family deserves the shacks they live in Dinosaur

  • ron.bilyard - 2012-10-27 10:28

    Makes Berlesconi look like Mother Theresa......

      rontheogre - 2012-10-27 10:55

      The Mafia (Italian and Russian) actually should have Zuma on retainer as consultant.

  • gvangreunen - 2012-10-27 10:30

    absolutely ridiculous!

  • esther.coetzee.50 - 2012-10-27 10:30

    Why the hell should this already overpaid @#$%& get such a lot of money from taxpayers to pay when he is screwing up (no pun intended) all the time. He can use his own bloody money.

      gregory.hill.984 - 2012-10-27 10:36

      he has 1000 wives, we all know how expensive 1 wife is, hell the poor man must be broke

      gregory.hill.984 - 2012-10-27 10:37

      lets just hope the wives divorce him AFTER he is no longer president, otherwise it aint going to be 20 million legal fees

  • tonyhooper69 - 2012-10-27 10:32


  • arthur.salvado - 2012-10-27 10:33

    I am speechless ,

  • mart.botha - 2012-10-27 10:34

    reading between the lines the story is.....'you are a skabengu, but because we need you to turn a blind eye as to how else we are f*cking over the SA taxpayer, heré's a few bob !

  • mabhekana.nzuza - 2012-10-27 10:34

    U can waiste your energy by talking from your sun rise up 2the sunset, Zuma still your President unless Uyisifikanamthwalo la eSA.

      mabhekana.nzuza - 2012-10-27 10:54

      It does'nt matter, u are the one who put big cross on his face, don't complain now.

      guy.rice - 2012-10-27 10:55

      and if u and the rest of the voters vote for him it is a reflection on you. It is unfortunate that the children of South Africa will suffer from your choice.

      george.slade.161 - 2012-10-27 11:07

      You are correct ;|Regrettably the vast majority of Fool who voted in the ANC are not taxpayers but recipients of grants , so they dont give a tiddlywink where taxpayers money goes , as long as they get their . TAX BOYCOTT Must Happen

      jerry.medina.756 - 2012-10-27 11:08

      Another wife material perhaps.

      gungets.tuft - 2012-10-27 11:14

      And your's Mabhekana. Does it not worry you in the slightest that your tax money is being spent on keeping such a poor president in power. Surely the ANC has better - 65% of our country supports them and this is the best the ANC can come up with. I feel ashamed. What would Dube, Luthuli, ka Seme, Sisulu, Tambo be saying now. 150 years of proud legacy being ruined.

      louis.hager.12 - 2012-10-27 11:16

      @george.slade. Well said. Nail on the head bru.

      dewald.galjaard - 2012-10-27 11:17

      That's fine. He's your president too and quite frankly from what I can see - YOUR people are suffering far more than ours. So your nonchalant pathetic attitude is going a long way to help this country. Have you ever heard of a revolution? Yes. White people actually DO know how how it works and we've known since long before black people even had any idea what 'democracy' is. Been there done that. This time however I fear white people will NOT be as tolerant as they were in the past.

      rofhiwa.ronald.1 - 2012-10-27 12:38

      @mabhekana its true he is our president n he was supposed to b our role model but his lavish lifestyle is overrated to the tax sa there r plenty house hold who r still living beyond the bread line but u stil defend the president stupid lavish style .i hope ur reasoning capacity is too low to identifies the righ8 n wrong;;;ONE;;

      Zahir - 2012-10-27 13:01

      He is a president in title only he gets 0 out of a 100 for performance and u remain stupid

      clive.kihn - 2012-10-27 13:56

      mabhekana: it's people like you who "waiste" the vote you fought for that have got us to where we are. You might have "put a big cross on his face", but many of us most certainly didn't. If you are a taxpayer, you should also be upset at all the wastage going on. Wouldn't you rather see the 20 million, plus the 200+ million for his retirement village, going towards houses and decent school facilities for the masses?

      hein.huyser - 2012-10-28 10:58

      He is not my president. My President have dignity and don't steal from the poor

      aristar.aristary - 2012-10-28 20:47

      Excuse me MABHEKANA.NZUZA, are you getting a kickback form your f***g st***id plessident? I wish you and your hole dicknified bunch of zooomer followers an early demise.

  • julie.j.vanrensburg - 2012-10-27 10:35

    Bloody hell! Unavoidable circumstances, my eye! He created this mess he now finds himself in through his own ego, stupidity, greed, call it whatever you will, and now we, the already bled-white taxpayers have to fork out for his legal costs? He should be made to pay for it himself and that money used to better the lives of millions of people who are battling to make ends meet in every way. In fact, we, the taxpayers, shold refust to pour untild millions into state coffers, but rather create a trust fund, administered by a panel of HONEST, UNIMPEACHABLE people and taxes go into that fund to pay for SERVICES as required - NO fatcat salaries for government officials any longer - that money shojuld be used for PROPER eduction, health, welfare, housing - and NO MORE FUNDS for selfish and greedy govt officials to pay for their own agendas. They can pay for their needs themselves our of their obscenely high undeserved salaries!!!

  • Vince.York - 2012-10-27 10:35

    Why are there so many little black piglets flying about the South African skies these days? is it the legal feeding frenzy foray that's set their trotters in motion?

  • - 2012-10-27 10:36

    R20m for legal fees, R8m for those who approved the theft? Just asking.

      boipelo.mmekwa - 2012-10-27 10:48

      you know how it works,Its a common understanding

      andrez.kolesky - 2012-10-27 12:14

      We live in a Newtonian country of Einsteinian physics ruled by Africanian logic.

  • julie.j.vanrensburg - 2012-10-27 10:36

    PS - pardon all the typo errors in my previous posting... in too much of a hurry to edit...

  • sphala - 2012-10-27 10:37

    But when we call for nationalisation, ba re mmuso ga ona tshelete mxm

      juannepierre - 2012-10-27 13:35

      If what happened to SAA isn't an indication of your proposal, then I don't know what to say... All in a day I guess? Win some loose some...more.

      indianajohn - 2012-10-28 12:43

      They only live for today, juanepierre. They think they're winning, but anyone with a brain can see how they are destroying themselves.

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-10-27 10:38

    Bottom line here is why she we the tax payers foot the legal costs for corrupt and useless service???Must be nice to know-come what may,all legal fees and expenses are covered so its basically giving a free hand to "mischief". Then comes the question of who the appointed "legal" team would be,a nice fat tender there too!!

      jmlongwe - 2012-10-27 20:52

      In all honesty, the white man is to blame for all this. If the white man behaved to begin with (all over the world actually) we wouldnt be in this mess. We have a humangous uneducated mass out there that vote because of the stupidest reasons, either because the guy is black, or zulu or they want that small grant money not looking at the bigger picture. If education was not restricted to begin with, we wouldnt be in this mess. Anyone who could think for themselves was against this guy from the start on the simple basis that he didnt finish primary school. But going to the past wont solve anything, am just frustrated because am stuck in a situation i didnt create.

  • fanie.essgee - 2012-10-27 10:39

    Why whom does he have to bribe now? I cannot even laugh at this anymore, it is just sickening.....

  • Gatvol Griet - 2012-10-27 10:40

    WTF Would a president need to have EXTRA cash for legal fees? Criticism comes with the territory. Furthermore, it only serves TO KEEP HIS ARESE OUT Of JAIL. STOP USING OUR HARD EARNED TAXES ON YOURSELF, UPLIFT THE NATION, PAY ETOLL DEBT, SHOWERHEAD!

  • maru.rakker - 2012-10-27 10:43

    Zuma clearly thinks that the money in the state coffers is his own personal little bank account. And that South Africa is his own little farm.

      louis.hager.12 - 2012-10-27 11:09

      All the makings of a dick-tator

      rontheogre - 2012-10-27 11:22

      He has an OTM in his bedroom, not with a FNB or Absa logo on, but SARS-OTM and below that a bumper sticker that says "F**ck poor people, keep them poor and stupid".

      rocky.bell.5 - 2012-10-28 10:17

      Ronald - Zapiro should take "The SARS ATM" theme and run with it.

  • haroldcecil - 2012-10-27 10:46

    With him as President of this country he surely needs it

  • mouwane - 2012-10-27 10:47

    Mangaung is too far..this guy needs to go right now!!! before he single handedly bankrupt our beloved country

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-10-27 10:47

    and the only mix I can afford is eish...

  • antjie.vanstraaten - 2012-10-27 10:49

    The time has come for the people to stand together against this nonsense. ESKOM, e-tolling, bad governance. We must stand up and fight and make this circus ungovernable! Marikana will look like a Sundayschool picnic.

  • bothabibi - 2012-10-27 10:55

    In other words he gets paid to f*** up!!!

  • Neal Sing - 2012-10-27 10:56

    Most of his supporters do not even have money to live comfortably.He blatantly robs the coffers.First a major 200 million upgrade at home now a further 28 million.What next!!!

  • mlilomxolisi - 2012-10-27 10:57

    SA mmmh lot of money for rich people not for poor .

  • zaakiro - 2012-10-27 10:57

    The value of millions means nothing to men at the top, while the value of a few rands means so much to the poor at the bottom.... We live in times when street name changes, new bank notes & the Presidents personal cost means more than a plate of food or basic education for the popper on the street

  • norman.gedle - 2012-10-27 10:57

    Eish, maar this presidency is too costly.

  • david.wolpert.39 - 2012-10-27 11:01

    SA exists for the pleausure of Zuma and his cronies. They will destroy us-we are getting what we deserve. They should be prosecuted,not just charged.

  • Sammy Willow - 2012-10-27 11:01

    ha ha ha Ha this fat PR^¥k is one of the most useless f^»ks i have ever read about and like he raped that poor girl, he is raping south africa dry

  • louis.hager.12 - 2012-10-27 11:06

    So if you think about it, the extra 1 million social(ist) grants Gordhan talked about, is only to cover Zoo-kandla's star attraction Free Willy, and it's collection of hippos and calves.

  • terrylee.heuer - 2012-10-27 11:06

    Oh yes there's just so much money \lying\ around in this \rich\ country everyone is living so lavishly what a lovely life!!!!

  • lovenergy - 2012-10-27 11:07

    There's a difference between a leader like Obama compared to Zuma. Obama is in no means perfect but compared to Zuma he is a legend. Zuma gets dragged to court with good reason and it's a disgrace that our \elected\ leader seems to have it in for us.

  • linda.ngwenya.98 - 2012-10-27 11:07

    You know what, let's give him every thing we have in SA. money,wives,mines etc. I'm tired of this

  • sminx.r.mandla - 2012-10-27 11:07

    FFS, when will this milking ever last?

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-10-27 11:07


      roiboss - 2012-10-27 11:17

      We didn't struggle to be poor

      douglas.reid.921 - 2012-10-27 12:03

      Struggle? 160 MK died and 600 civilians. Syria 30 000 have died, ww2 70 million died. That's what you call struggle.

  • tebogosuemeyong - 2012-10-27 11:11

    I just hope the ANC delegates in mangaung realize what kind of a liability this guy is to the nation

  • Tony.Montana.Moelenyane - 2012-10-27 11:11

    Oooh no,Not Again!!!!!! maar wen wil dis MR stop ,???? I guess not wen he is tired bt wen he is done......

  • joe.smit.549 - 2012-10-27 11:13

    Any idea how this Oke became president?

      tiaan.vanderberg.75 - 2012-10-27 11:56

      Yes Joe, cant you remember. It was Julius's idea. And the masses followed. In die land van die blindes is die eenoog koning.

  • sceenie.honjiswa - 2012-10-27 11:15

    And I have to work hard for my money so that the government spend it like this,,,,I must say I'm not happy to be paying tax to this government. Lord have mercy

  • DPMGG - 2012-10-27 11:20

    What is the solution? Let's stop complaining and take some serious action. The public protector's hands are full with JZ's matters. The state's coffers are looted in broad daylight form all angles by this man! It looks like he is not scared of anybody.

  • rouen.heiberg - 2012-10-27 11:21

    This is what happens when people vote with emotions rather than brains.

      a.yes.i.can.molaoa - 2012-10-27 11:28

      I agree. Bèfore the Predisent was chaired, it was all about Mbeki's faults, flaws and weaknesses! Then off we went queuing to vote for our then\favourite President to be\Now it high time we reap what we saw!