Johannesburg - The curators of Julius Malema's estate will bring a court application on Tuesday to have the former African National Congress Youth League leader declared in contempt of court.
The curators of his estate, Cloete Murray and Aviwe Ndyamara, brought the application in the Pretoria High Court following his failure to declare his assets.
They were appointed curators at the beginning of March and tasked with ensuring Malema declared all his assets following a court order. Malema agreed to do so, but then did not.
Malema's lawyer Tumi Mokwena said her client intended opposing the application. If found guilty, he could face a R500 000 fine, a jail term, or a suspended sentence.
On March 19, Malema, facing a R16-million tax bill, had his Limpopo farm, worth approximately R4-million, seized by the National Prosecuting Authority’s Asset Forfeiture Unit.
NPA spokesperson Medupe Simasiku said at the time 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.
In January, sheriffs seized Malema's Sandton and Polokwane homes. The South African Revenue Service 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