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19/03/2018 04:55 SAST | Updated 19/03/2018 04:55 SAST

DA Won't Rest Until Zuma Pays His Own Legal Fees

It was revealed last week that the state would be paying for the former president's legals fees, as per an existing agreement.

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Democratic Alliance supporters protesting. (Photo by Gallo Images/Brenton Geach)

The DA is adamant that the state should not cover former president Jacob Zuma's defence costs in his trial for corruption.

"We will also fight to ensure the public do not have to carry the costs of Zuma's defence, as they have already done for the past nine years," the party said in a statement.

It was revealed last week that the state would be paying for the former president's legals fees, as per an existing agreement.

The party says it is also not going to allow Zuma to use any further delaying tactics in this case. The DA first launched a review application in 2009, after the charges against Zuma on 783 counts were dropped.

"We will brief our legal teams immediately to oppose any effort by Zuma to delay this any further, including his application for a stay of prosecution," the DA statement said.

Meanwhile, the Sunday Times reported that Zuma's legal team will apply for the case to be struck off the roll.

His lawyers will base their argument on the contention that Zuma had no intention to commit crime when he and his former financial advisor, Schabir Shaik, met with French arms manufacturer Thales.

Zuma faces 16 charges of corruption, money laundering and racketeering in connection with the arms deal.

According to the paper, Shaik will testify in the trial and is expected to maintain that the payments he made to Zuma were not corrupt.

READ: Zuma Will Be Prosecuted – Abrahams

On Friday, NPA boss Shaun Abrahams announced that Zuma will stand trial on charges of corruption, fraud, racketeering and money laundering.

Abrahams appointed KwaZulu-Natal public prosecutor Moipone Noko to make arrangements for Zuma's appearance in court and the trial that will follow.

"In the interests of transparency and justice, a trial will be the best place to determine the truth . . . there is a reasonable chance of success of a conviction. Justice must not only be done, but must be seen to be done," Abrahams said at the Friday afternoon briefing.