WC spends R1.5m on legal fees

The DA-led government spent the money on private law firms to fight court battles.

FILE: Western Cape Premier Helen Zille's office defended the spending. Picture: da.org.za.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape government on Friday defended spending more than R1.5 million on private law firms to fight court battles over the past three years.

It contracted lawyers for cases, including a legal challenge by the Police Ministry to stop the investigation into policing inefficiencies in Khayelitsha as well as another matter about the Western Cape Community Safety Act.

Premier Helen Zille's spokesman Zak Mbhele says, "It all represents exceptional cases where the Western Cape government could not make use of the state attorney.

"The Western Cape government was in a legal challenge against the national government."

But the ANC's Pierre Uys believes it is a waste of tax money.

"It's absolutely unnecessary spending. Nothing is stopping them from going to the state attorneys. The attorneys are there and they are independent."