Nelson Chamisa’s lead counsel in his electoral petition, Advocate Thabani Mpofu has dismissed reports that he received $500 000 in legal fees for handling the case. Mpofu said that he had taken on the case on a pro bono (no charge) basis because he believed in the case. Here is an excerpt of Mpofu’s interview with NewsDay,
NewsDay: There has been talk that after this case, you were smiling all the way to the bank after pocketing over $500 000, was it in cash or transfer?
Thabani Mpofu: That’s ungodly nonsense peddled by sub-humans who are capable of any species of iniquity. I have not taken any cent and am not going to take anything out of this. I acted pro bono and out of conviction and those who know me, know that when I am doing something pro bono, I do it out of conviction. I fight as if I have been promised the whole world. But what I can assure you is that I have not and will not take a cent out of this. Far be it from me that I should sin against people’s dreams by protecting them for hire.
NewsDay: Is this for the whole team or for you only?
Thabani Mpofu: I can’t speak for everyone, but what I know is that nobody charged, nobody was paid and there are no plans to charge or to pay anyone.
NewsDay: Zanu PF said its legal fees which have to be paid by your client is somewhere close to $3 million, does this make sense legally to you?
Thabani Mpofu: That’s nonsense. Pity the delinquent. I am surprised that people actually invest time in such nonsense.