State to pay Simelane's legal bills: report
The State will pay the legal costs for Menzi Simelane, whose appointment as national director of public prosecutions has been challenged by the DA, it was reported on Thursday.
Business Day quoted Justice Minister Jeff Radebe as saying in response to a parliamentary question: "The amount of legal costs incurred and paid on behalf of Adv Simelane thus far... amounted to R1 770 324,90.
"Adv Simelane's legal costs... were incurred as a result of a legal challenge... Adv Simelane was cited in papers as the incumbent of the post and it was on this basis that he was granted legal representation at state expense."
The amount would not be repayed.
"I do not intend recovering the said costs from Adv Simelane for the following reasons: the court challenge was a review and setting aside of his appointment," Radebe was quoted as saying.
"Adv Simelane was appointed by the president and therefore occupied the post... There is no irregularity or unlawfulness on the part of Adv Simelane when he was appointed."
Simelane has been on special leave since the end of last year when the Supreme Court of Appeal ruled that President Jacob Zuma had and Radebe had failed to consider misgivings about Simelane when he was appointed to the post.
The matter is now on appeal to the Constitutional Court.