Johannesburg – Despite pleading poverty in the past, former president Jacob Zuma’s new lawyer Eric Mabuza said that his legal services would not be for free.
On Sunday, the former president announced that he had hired a new lawyer and fired his old lawyer Daniel Mantsha. He said he made this move because he wanted to focus on the preparation for his corruption trials in which he faces charged linked to the multi-billion rand arms deals.
Zuma’s lawyer Advocate Muzi Sikhakhana told the court that his client did not have money to finance his corruption trial when he argued for his corruption trial to be thrown out last year.
“No, that’s not going to be the case here,” his new lawyer Eric Mabuza said when asked if his service would be pro bono.
Mabuza said there would be no need for a postponement, replying to rumors that the former president may be planning to apply delay tactics by appointing Mabuza so he can ask the court to postpone so the new lawyer can familiarise himself with the case.