The presidency has hinted that it may seek a refund for legal fees from former president Jacob Zuma, depending on the outcome of a court challenge to the state funding his corruption trial defence. It has also admitted that large amounts of documentation linked to the state’s multi-million-rand funding of Zuma’s legal fees are missing‚ or have been destroyed "due to their age". The presidency says the government has paid a total of R16.7m for Zuma’s legal fees‚ but it is likely that this amount will be disputed. President Cyril Ramaphosa is not opposing court bids by the DA and EFF to stop the continued state funding of Zuma’s corruption trial defence‚ to which Zuma insists he is constitutionally entitled. Zuma’s lawyer Daniel Mantsha says this is because he stands accused of abusing his public office to commit corruption‚ and this means the charges against him are linked to his position in government. Director-general in the presidency Reginald Lubisi states in an explanatory affid...

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