Karyn Maughan | Zuma lawyers quit: Will the 'broke' former president’s trial ever get started?

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Former president Jacob Zuma
Former president Jacob Zuma
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Karyn Maughan writes that, should former president Jacob Zuma elect to appoint new lawyers following the recent resignation of his defence team, they face the prospect of not being paid – following a Supreme Court of Appeal ruling that blocks him from receiving state funding for his corruption trial costs.

Former president Jacob Zuma’s corruption trial has been 16 years in the making, but his lawyers’ decision to withdraw from the case – just weeks before it was due to start – will almost certainly delay it even further.

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