The Jacob Zuma foundation has made a plea for donations towards the former President’s legal fees for the upcoming corruption trial. Mr Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma is currently serving a 15-months jail term after the Constitutional Court found him guilty of the contempt of court before the Zondo Commission. ‘‘President Zuma is just a pensioner living on a government salary’’, said Mzwanele Manyi the spokesperson of the Jacob Zuma foundation which is estimated at the value of 3 million rands a year Bruce Whitfield.
Personally Bruce feels as if it is quite unfair for the former President to ask for financial assistance since South Africans are currently facing a bad economy as an aftermath of Mr Zuma’s failures as a former President, and the unemployment rate increased by 1.8 percent. The State Attorney expects to receive 18.2 million rands in legal fees for the Stalingrad Strategy of defence of years which was filed at the Pretoria High Court. Karyn Maughan who is a legal journalist has mentioned that the State Attorney has the authority to attach the pension fund in order to recouperate has mentioned cost and Mr Zuma acknowledges the fact that the State Attorney is probably looking at alternative litigation options. Legal costs for the state capture report are also pending up to the value 6 to 8 million rands. Mr Zuma falls within the top 1 percent of income earners which simply implies that he is not eligible for representation by the legal and office Karyn said. Unfortunately networks of benefactors who provided aid for his legal bills when he was still the President are no longer in place which clearly depicts that the appeal is from a level of desperation.
A few people would say ‘‘How the mighty have fallen’’, and some have already mentioned that his offsprings are wealthy enough to make arrangements for his legal fees, instead of bothering citizens from normal families.
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