Bernadette Wicks
Senior court reporter
3 minute read
26 May 2021
9:56 pm

Arms deal trial set to add to Zuma’s massive legal bills

Bernadette Wicks

If Zuma’s team is charging standard commercial rates, then the legal fees attached to the special plea could be at least R650,000.

Former president Jacob Zuma. Picture: Phill Magakoe/AFP

Almost two decades after his first appearance in the dock, Jacob Zuma was on Wednesday finally asked to plead to the charges of fraud and corruption levelled against him over the arms deal. And, as expected, came his soft spoken response: “I plead not guilty.” This marks the official start of the trial and an important milestone in the drawn-out case. But the wheels of justice turn slowly and there’s still a way to go to the actual start line. WATCH: Malema told us Mpofu could be Zuma's lawyer in future Ordinarily after an accused pleads, the state calls its...