Jacob Zuma may have to use legal aid lawyer
The former president faces nearly a quarter of a century behind bars if convicted
Former president Jacob Zuma, who has said he is so short of cash that he has to sell clothing to pay his lawyers, lost his latest bid to challenge a court order to repay more than R16m spent by the state on his attempts to avoid trial on corruption charges.
This could mean that Zuma eventually uses services provided by Legal Aid SA, which helps poor people get tax-funded legal assistance. But the government will still cover his costs related to the Zondo inquiry.