Former president Jacob Zuma says the cutting of government funding for his corruption trial defence costs — and court rulings that he pay back nearly R30m in legal bills — is a continuation of political war against him. “I think it’s part of an onslaught on me politically, to disappear from the scene,” he told Business Day in an exclusive interview this week. He adds: “It’s not just people here. I think there are also big people behind and outside this country, who are working in collaboration with people here.” When pushed on who he believes these unnamed “big people” are, or what their motives may be, Zuma declined to comment. “I will say one day, I can’t now because I’m in the middle of many cases.” Zuma will in May go to court to fight for a permanent stay of his corruption, racketeering, fraud and tax evasion prosecution, on the grounds that the case against him has been defined by undue delay, political interference and prosecutorial misconducts. The National Prosecuting Autho...

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