Zuma’s lawyers say bye-bye

Last week we told you that the courts have confirmed us taxpayers no longer have to foot former president Zuma’s ridiculous legal bills. In fact, the man from Nkandla now has to pay back the money for all those expensive legal time wasters he mounted for years on our dime. R25 million to be exact. So it was hilarious to watch his current legal team following the news.   

Four weeks before his arms deal trial was FINALLY meant to start, Mabuza Attorneys have said they’ll no longer be representing him. 

A reminder: Zuma is due to go on trial from May 17 to June 30 on charges related to the decades-long saga. There are more than 200 witnesses on the state’s list. But without a legal team we’re not sure what will happen. Will Zuma use this as another delaying tactic? It doesn’t matter. He still has that R25m bill to worry about – and the ConCourt’s looming decision about whether he’ll face jail time for ghosting the Zondo Commission. Enjoy the tea parties while you can, uBaba. 

This article appeared as part of The Wrap, 15 April 2021. Sign up to receive our weekly updates.