Exactly how much the SA public has paid for former president Jacob Zuma’s countless futile legal battles is shrouded in mystery. Up to this point, Zuma himself has refused to tell parliament how much his "Stalingrad" strategy — fighting every point in his battle to avoid prosecution — has cost. Under threat of legal action, President Cyril Ramaphosa revealed this week that taxpayers have spent at least R15.3m in funding Zuma’s campaign to avoid prosecution. This was money spent by Zuma fighting to ensure the "spy tapes" weren’t released to the public. The spy tapes were cited by prosecutors as the reason for dropping criminal charges against Zuma in 2009. The DA challenged the decision to drop charges — and after fighting this issue for years, Zuma conceded at the last minute. At much cost, it turns out. It still remains unclear how much Zuma spent on his numerous efforts to overturn the "State of Capture" report, issued by former public protector Thuli Madonsela in October 2016. Th...

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