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Zuma claims 'unfair discrimination' as he asks court to reinstate state funding for his legal costs

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Former President Jacob Zuma.
Former President Jacob Zuma.
Melinda Stuurman

Former president Jacob Zuma has appealed to the Supreme Court to reinstate the taxpayer funding of his corruption trial defence costs – even if government's decision to pay his legal bills for the last 16 years was unlawful.

In heads of argument filed at the country's second highest court, Zuma's lawyers argue that – given the length of time it has taken to have the state's funding of his legal costs to be declared unconstitutional – the state should "continue funding Mr Zuma on terms that ensure that such funding is accounted for in a transparent way".

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