/ 19 October 2010

Sheriff visits Malema

The sheriff has visited ANC youth leader Julius Malema’s Sandton home to make a list of his assets after he failed to pay a R50 000 fine.

“Our attorneys confirmed those details,” said Sonke Gender Justice Network advisor Mbuyiselo Botha on Tuesday.

“The sheriff will be sending a fax to our attorneys with a list of his goods,” Botha said.

Malema had to pay the R50 000 fine after losing a case brought against him by the Sonke Gender Justice Network.

The Equality Court ruled that he needed to apologise for saying in public that President Jacob Zuma’s rape accuser had a “nice time”.

The ruling also ordered him to pay the fine to a centre for abused women, which he had failed to do up to now.

His lawyer, Tumi Mokwena, said on Monday that he had not paid the fine because he had lodged an appeal against the ruling, a statement denied by Sonke.

Neither Mokwena nor the African National Congress Youth League spokesperson Floyd Shivambu were immediately available for comment on Tuesday morning.

Sonke’s complaint came after Malema’s statement at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology on January 22 2009.

He said of women making accusations of rape that “when a woman didn’t enjoy it, she leaves early in the morning. Those who had a nice time will wait until the sun comes out, request breakfast and ask for taxi money”.

Mokwena had insisted on Monday that they were “busy with the appeal process”.

Zuma was acquitted of the charge, but the Sonke Gender Justice Network was outraged by the stereotype that the comments created and felt they might discourage women from laying charges of rape in future.

It succeeded in a hate speech and harassment complaint against Malema. The court ordered him to pay R50 000 to a group that focuses on preventing abuse against women. Malema was also ordered to apologise over the remarks.

His lawyer indicated he would appeal.

On Thursday the network said Malema had missed the deadline to apologise and pay over the money, which it was going to give to People Opposed to Women Abuse, so it had secured an order to have R50 000-worth of his assets attached.

‘We have not been officially notified’
On Monday Mokwena said that the notice of intention to appeal was filed in April. He said the procedure was that after filing notice of intention to appeal, they would then be supplied with the record of proceedings, which had not yet taken place.

“We are still waiting for that,” said Mokwena.

He said then they had not been officially informed of the intention to attach some of Malema’s property.

“We have not been officially notified of that. If it comes to our attention we will get a stay. There [has been no communication], other than what we have seen in the media,” he said.

The network’s focus is on sensitising men and boys to issues of gender, gender-based violence and HIV/Aids. — Sapa