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JOHANNESBURG – The North Gauteng High Court on Thursday ruled that the state is not liable for the legal cost incurred by Jacob Zuma.
The full bench ruled that all necessary steps must be take taken to recover all the money.
The Democratic Alliance and the Economic Freedom Fighters had asked the court to declare that it was illegal for the state to pay Zuma's legal costs.
The parties wanted the agreement authorising state funding for Zuma's defence in criminal cases, set aside.
So far the state has paid up to R32-million in legal costs for Zuma.
The former president faces charges of fraud, corruption, money laundering and racketeering in connection with the arms deal.