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28 October 2012 at 09:33 - Posted by Anonymous

Zuma gets extra R20m for legal fees


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Johannesburg - The Treasury has given Presiden Jacob Zumat an extra R20m to cover his legal costs, the Saturday Star reported.

A document released on Thursday by the Treasury stated that presidency would receive an extra R28m, R20m of which would go towards "legal and executive service costs."

Chairperson of Parliament's Standing Committee on public accounts (Scopa) Themba Godi said his committee had requested a breakdown of the legal costs, but was unsuccessful.

The committee had a meeting with Treasury officials three months ago regarding unauthorised expenditure in three departments, including the presidency.
Godi said government did not have a "bottomless pit of cash" and that it all boiled down to poor planning. "One would expect the office of the president to lead by example," he told the newspaper.

"But I understand there might have been unavoidable circumstances."

It was reported earlier in the week that President Zuma  reduced his legal claim against cartoonist Zapiro from R4m to R100 000.

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