South Africans are right to be concerned when the president or other government officials use taxpayers’ money to fight their legal battles.

For more than a decade we have been funding former president Jacob Zuma’s “Stalingrad defence” to avoid facing corruption charges. Eventually, the high court in Pretoria ruled that an agreement between Zuma and the presidency for the state to cover legal costs incurred in his personal capacity was invalid and set it aside. Zuma has been ordered to pay back the money.

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