SAT­UR­DAY 10 NOV 2018

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bay,” said po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst Dr So­madoda Fikeni.

It is be­lieved that Zuma’s le­gal costs re­lat­ing to yes­ter­day’s court de­ci­sion could cost him R10 mil­lion.

Even if Zuma had the money to pay this from il­le­gally gained ac­tiv­i­ties, Fikeni said that it would be dif­fi­cult for him to use this to pay his le­gal fees.

“The prob­lem is that once the spot­light is on you, any trans­ac­tion will be fol­lowed,” added Fikeni.

“So it is pos­si­ble that those in­volved in state cap­ture won’t be able to ac­cess those funds.”

Po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst Daniel Silke said that Zuma would prob­a­bly ap­peal the de­ci­sion, although it would now have to be at his own cost.

“What this is is a mo­ral vic­tory for South Africans,” he said.

Op­po­si­tion par­ties wel­comed the court judg­ment and said it sent a strong mes­sage to min­is­ters.

DA fed­eral coun­cil chair­per­son James Selfe said: “Zuma’s mo­tive in launch­ing this lit­i­ga­tion was to ob­fus­cate the pub­lic pro­tec­tor’s find­ings and frus­trate her re­me­dial ac­tion, specif­i­cally to es­tab­lish the state cap­ture in­quiry.

“He pur­pose­fully did not want this com­mis­sion es­tab­lished be­cause it would im­pli­cate him, his fam­ily and those po­lit­i­cally con­nected to him.

“He sub­se­quently and be­lat­edly aban­doned this con­tention and ap­pointed the in­quiry.”

African Chris­tian Demo­cratic Party leader the Rev­erend Ken­neth Meshoe said that Zuma must pay for his cases, and this was a les­son for all min­is­ters and gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials.

“South Africans should be grate­ful that we have a ju­di­cial sys­tem that does not favour a per­son be­cause of their sta­tus. We be­lieve he must pay for all the cases he is fac­ing,” said Meshoe.

He said it was wrong for Zuma to ex­pect the state to pay for his own prob­lems.

Cope spokesper­son Den­nis Bloem said Zuma had abused his of­fice by get­ting the state to set­tle his le­gal bills.

“The time has come for him to re­alise the gov­ern­ment will not be re­spon­si­ble for his trou­bles in court.”

He said Cope fully agreed with the judg­ment that the for­mer pres­i­dent must pay his le­gal costs from his own pocket.

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A CHILD wel­comes the sun­rise at the beach in front of the old town of Panama City, Panama, yes­ter­day.|

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