Paying Simelane's legal fees 'a disgrace'

2012-07-19 22:25

Johannesburg - It is a "disgrace" for the state to pay the legal fees of Menzi Simelane during a challenge against his appointment as chief prosecutor, the DA said on Thursday.

"Simelane’s defence is to protect his personal interests. We have all along been of the view that he was not an appropriate person for the job and was put there by the President [Jacob Zuma] to protect political interests," Democratic Alliance MP Debbie Schafer said in a statement.

"It is a disgrace that public funds are used to protect personal and party interests in this way."

Justice Minister Jeff Radebe reportedly said the state would pay the legal costs of the national director of public prosecutions.

"The amount of legal costs incurred and paid on behalf of advocate Simelane thus far... amounted to R1 770 324.90," he said

"Advocate Simelane's legal costs... were incurred as a result of a legal challenge... Advocate 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."

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

The matter is now on appeal in the Constitutional Court.

  • Vince - 2012-07-20 05:16

    We are encouraged to pay our taxes but enough is now enough - I WILL NOT SPONSOR MR SIMELANE OR ANY OTHER CORRPUT THIEF eg. MR SELEBI ANY MORE

      keith.roberts.98434 - 2012-07-20 16:49

      How are you going to do that? I could make a suggestion - calculate the percentage of government expenditure represented by those legal expenses, and withhold that percentage from your taxes. You could go further and do the same calculation for all the other amounts which you consider to be mis-spent. I don't think you would be withholding very much.

  • wesley.nel.5 - 2012-07-20 05:50

    Another job for the public protector. I think when see sit with her cup of coffee in the moring and the paper, she will say to herself. "lets see what are we going to do next"

  • ron.warwick.79 - 2012-07-20 06:38

    Apart from this, he is on special leave and probably still getting paid a fat salary at our expense!

      carpejugulim - 2012-07-20 07:57

      and I bet he won't be expected to pay it all back if he is booted either

      VikashNowath - 2012-10-05 11:59

      he is still being paid and all these idiots are on "SPECIAL LEAVE" they are SPECIAL people, they were the ones in school at the SPECIAL class at the back.

  • peter.sykes.984 - 2012-10-05 12:25

    I cannot believe what is going on in the circus!!!!!! The world must be shocked to say the least. Amazing that the SA public sit back and take these amazing antics. Wow is this nation in intensive ill health

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