21 April 2021
Pro Bono &
Many of us have followed the saga for several years now: Allegations that our former president, Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma (Mr Zuma), unlawfully made use of state funds to fund the private law firm and advocates representing him in his personal capacity in defending his ongoing corruption proceedings. In 2019, the Gauteng Division of the High Court, Pretoria (the High Court) found that these were not just mere allegations and ordered Mr Zuma to “pay back the money” (something we’ve heard before). But that would not be the end of the matter. Mr Zuma took the High Court’s decision on appeal to the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA), raising three grounds of appeal. The SCA’s scathing judgment dismissing this appeal was handed down on 13 April 2021, and it laid bare some disconcerting facts.