Former president Jacob Zuma abused his power as the head of state when he had his legal fees paid by the state attorney to his private lawyer.
This was the argument by the EFF’s legal counsel‚ Advocate Thembeka Ngcukaitobi‚ before a full bench in the Pretoria High Court on Tuesday.
The EFF has joined the DA in its review application‚ in which the party wants decisions taken by the state attorney and the presidency to pay Zuma’s legal fees declared unlawful and to be set aside.
“Mr Zuma‚ like all of us‚ must be treated equally. But we see that there is an element of favouritism – Zuma has been treated differently‚” Ngcukaitobi argued.
Ngcukaitobi said Zuma’s status as the president of the country had put him in a unique position where he had limitless access to state resources.
“It is those facts that show that Mr Zuma had special treatment and that could only happen because he was president of the country.
“He was able to abuse the state resources.”