South Africans seem to be opening up their wallets for former president Jacob Zuma, whose foundation had asked for help in the form of donations, to pay for millions of rands in legal fees.
In addition to his arms deal case, Zuma also sought legal assistance in relation to his appearance before the State Capture Commission. While he eventually didn’t show up to the proceedings, there were several delays which prompted the help of lawyers, including several bids to avoid going to jail, as per the Constitutional Court’s ruling.
Jacob Zuma Foundation thanks supporters for donations
Now just days after kickstarting the fundraising drive for the former statesman, the Jacob Zuma Foundation says the contributions have been pouring in and has thanked people for their support.
Today we saw another generous instalment of sacrifices by those heeding the call to assist H.E Prez Zuma.
The contributions are growing impressively.
The Foundation is very grateful, Thank you.
There is no minimum amount, every cent counts.
Together we shall conquer.
The Jacob Zuma Foundation
However the foundation is keeping mum for now as to exactly how much money has been donated so far.
The former president underwent several medical procedures last week and is still receiving care at hospital. He was admitted for an undisclosed medical condition.
Zuma is currently serving his 15-month prison sentence at the Estcourt Correctional Centre in Kwazulu-Natal (KZN).
Zuma’s hospital admission posed a delay to his arms deal trial as another date had to be set for resumption. The NPA has lawyered up and is challenging the former president’s bid to have the prosecutor in the case, Billy Downer recuse himself.
Zuma faces 16 charges of fraud, corruption, racketeering, and money-laundering related to the controversial multi-billion rand arms deal in the late 1990s. The former president is alleged to have received 783 suspicious payments to the tune of R1.2 million from French arms manufacturer Thales, through his disgraced former financial advisor Shabir Shaik.