As a spokesman of the official opposition, Martin Slabbert should know better than to misrepresent the facts as he did in his letter "No state funds for Zuma's legal action" on November 2.
Firstly, the government has made it very clear that it will not pay for Jacob Zuma's legal fees from the rape trial. Slabbert should be aware of this.
Secondly, the corruption trial emanates from Zuma's alleged "involvement with one of the companies bidding in the arms deal through his financial advisor".
The arms deal was a government move to strengthen the military through the acquisition of modern equipment and techniques.
According to Slabbert, Zuma's involvement was to influence the process in favour of one of the arms suppliers as deputy president of the country.
This allegation has not been proved.
Therefore Zuma's "involvement" would be official and the government should pay for his legal fees as it did for Wouter Basson.
Khayalethu Mabandla, Tshwane