Zuma faces R25m legal bill after SCA blocks State funding his corruption trial costs

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Former president Jacob Zuma.
Former president Jacob Zuma.
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The latest: Former president Jacob Zuma spent at least R25 million in taxpayers' money on his corruption trial defence costs - in an unlawful "blank cheque" arrangement that the Supreme Court of Appeal has slammed as "egregious".

Why now? In a scathing ruling delivered on Tuesday, the Appeal Court dismissed Zuma's argument that he should continue to get that funding when he faces trial for Arms Deal-related corruption and found that it was "just and equitable" for him to pay back the funding he had already received.

What we heard: "A repayment order may well be essential to remedy the abuse of public resources; vindicate the rule of law; and, reaffirm the constitutional principles of accountability and transparency, especially by a former incumbent of the highest office in the land," Judge Nathan Ponnan wrote on behalf of the Appeal Court.

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