Malema case taken off high court's roll

Former ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema. (Gallo)

Former ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema. (Gallo)

Malema was expected to appear in the North Gauteng High Court on Tuesday. Details on why the case was removed from the court roll were not immediately available.

The curators of Malema's estate brought the application against him for allegedly failing to declare his assets.

Cloete Murray from Sechaba Trust and Aviwe Ndyamara from the Tshwane Trust Company were appointed curators of his estate at the beginning of March.

They were tasked with ensuring Malema declared all his assets following a court order and despite Malema agreeing to do so, he allegedly did not.

Malema's lawyer Tumi Mokwena told the Sunday Independent her client intended to oppose the contempt of court application.

If found guilty, Malema could face a R500 000 fine, a jail term or a suspended sentence.

R16-million tax bill
On March 19, Malema – who is facing a R16-million tax bill – had his Limpopo farm, worth approximately R4-million, seized by the Asset Forfeiture Unit.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Medupe Simasiku said at the time that the property was allegedly acquired with the proceeds from fraud, corruption, theft and money laundering.

The alleged crimes were perpetrated against the Limpopo department of roads and transport, Simasiku said. Alternatively, the property had been used to launder money.

In January, sheriffs seized Malema's Sandton and Polokwane homes. The South African Revenue Service then rejected a R4-million settlement offer and auctioned Malema's assets in the Sandton and Polokwane homes in February.

Malema also faces charges of fraud and racketeering related to the irregular awarding of a R52-million tender to On-Point Engineering in Limpopo. – Sapa



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