Media release

Retraction: Payment of legal fees for former Deputy President: Mr Jacob Zuma

26 October 2006

26 October 2006

GCIS would like to clarify government's position regarding the payment of legal fees for the former Deputy President, Mr Jacob Zuma. Following numerous media enquiries and further investigation of the matter, GCIS would like to confirm that an agreement has indeed been reached with the attorneys of the former Deputy President in line with precedent on these kinds of matters. The delay in finalising the matter was a result of protracted negotiations on the extent of the commitment and criteria for payment. These matters have since been resolved and the Presidency has made a contingency provision for an amount of R10 million in its budget to cover this risk. No payment has been made at this stage as no invoice has been received from the attorneys of the former Deputy President.

We apologise for the incorrect information that was given at the press conference and for the inconvenience this may have caused.

Themba Maseko
Cell: 083 645 0810

Issued by: Government Communications (GCIS)


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