A desperate President Jacob Zuma has turned to one of South Africa’s top legal minds in an attempt to get the scourge of Nkandla off his back‚ the Sunday Times reported.

Zuma roped in leading silk Jeremy Gauntlett SC‚ who charges about R50‚ 000 a day.


Gauntlett has been rejected five times by the Judicial Service Commission for the position of judge — twice for the Constitutional Court and three times for the high court.

The legal opinion Zuma received from Gauntlett is behind his dramatic U-turn this week.

On Tuesday night‚ just a week before a Constitutional Court showdown between Zuma’s legal team and lawyers representing the DA and EFF‚ Zuma proposed to pay for the undue benefits he gained from the Nkandla upgrades.

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