Former president Jacob Zuma’s lawyer is adamant his client is entitled to state funding of his corruption trial defence as he is alleged to have used his position in government to commit the crimes he is accused of. The presidency has pointed out that such state funding can be forfeited if it can be shown that Zuma did not act in the course and scope of his employment as a government official. The presidency has hinted it may seek a legal fees refund from Zuma, depending on the outcome of a court challenge to state funding of his corruption trial defence. Zuma is fighting legal challenges by the DA and EFF to stop the state from paying the costs of his corruption trial defence. Zuma’s attorney, Daniel Mantsha, has denied claims by the DA that the case against the former president "has nothing to do with his role as a public official" and that he is therefore not entitled to state funding."One just has to have a casual read of the charges against him [Zuma] to notice that the [DA’s] ...

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