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Malema's fight against sequestration continues

Sapa

The leader of the EFF is due back in court to fight a sequestration of more than R16-million that he allegedly owes to Sars.

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema. (Delwyn Verasamy, M&G)

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema is expected to fight against sequestration over millions of rand owed to the South African Revenue Services (Sars) in the high court in Pretoria on Monday.

According to court documents, Malema owed R16-million plus interest after failing to submit tax returns between 2006 and 2010.

In 2010, Sars contacted Malema about his failure to submit tax returns. It took Malema 18 months, after many attempts by Sars, to file his outstanding returns.

Malema also failed to register the Ratanang Trust for tax purposes, and Sars had to do this on his behalf.

'Politically driven activity'
EFF national co-ordinator Mpho Ramakatsa previously claimed that Sars launched a "politically driven activity" against Malema.

Sars attached some of Malema's property to recoup the tax money he owed, and in May last year Malema's incomplete mansion in Sandton 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.

The Sunday Times reported that if Malema were sequestrated before the general elections, he could not become an MP in terms of Section 47(c) of the Constitution. – Sapa

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