ANC questions DA spending habits

The ANC has questioned the DA’s spending of R1.5m on private lawyers to fight court battles.

The ANC has questioned the DA’s spending of R1.5m on private lawyers to fight court battles.  Picture: RSC Inc.

CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress (ANC) believes the Western Cape government has wasted more than R1.5 million on hiring private lawyers to fight court battles over the past few years.

It's emerged in a recent provincial Parliamentary reply that the government contracted private lawyers for five cases.

These included a legal challenge by the police department to stop the investigation into policing inefficiencies in Khayelitsha.

The ANC's Pierre Uys says, "They normally go to the state attorney and nothing stops them from going to the state attorney. State attorneys are there, they are independent and they don't take sides."

But Provincial Premier Helen Zille's spokesman Zak Mbhele has defended the spending.

"A key point to make about this expenditure is that it all represents exceptional cases where the Western Cape government could not make use of a state attorney, as we normally would in litigation."