Malema arrested for speeding at 215km/h


Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema has been arrested for speeding, say the Gauteng traffic police.

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema. (Delwyn Verasamy)

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema was arrested on Thursday evening for speeding, Gauteng traffic police said.

"Mr Julius Malema was arrested by the high speed unit in the Vaal on the N1 driving 215km/h in a 120km/h zone," spokesperson Busaphi Nxumalo said.

"They are still busy detaining him," she said at 7.25pm.

Malema would be detained at a police station in the Vaal. Further details were not immediately available, Nxumalo said.

Malema is no stranger to being on the wrong side of the law.

A South African Revenue Services (Sars) financial investigation found that Malema had failed to register for tax in 2005, he under-declared and mis-declared income in the years 2005 to 2011 and was assessed for about R16-million. 

The investigation found that Malema, while engaging with Sars, was transferring assets he owned to third parties in a clear attempt to shift assets outside the reach of Sars.

Malema had made no attempt to pay any amount towards his tax debt. 

Sars attached some of Malema's properties to recoup the R16-million tax debt owed by the controversial leader. 

In May, his incomplete mansion in Sandton, Johannesburg, was sold on auction for R5.9-million. His farm in Limpopo fetched R2.5-million at an auction in June. Several of his household goods were also auctioned off earlier this year. ​Sapa

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