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Malema, Sars strike ‘conditional’ deal

Pretoria - Julius Malema has been given some breathing space by Sars following an 11th hour agreement over the R16.5 million he owes in tax.

While supporters were at the North Gauteng High Court on Monday to support their leader, the man himself was not to be seen.

EFF leader Julius Malema File picture: Siphiwe Sibeko. Credit: Reuters

Advocate Nic Maritz, appearing for Sars, told Judge Cynthia Pretorius on Monday that the parties “overnight” entered into a “conditional compromise agreement”.

Malema's provisional sequestration was extended until August 25.

The terms of the agreement between him and Sars is not known, but Dali Mpofu, part of the EFF central command committee who attended the short court proceedings, said the provisional sequestration will be overturned in August as long as Malema had complied with the provisions of the agreement.

He said, while he knew what the agreement entailed, he cannot reveal it as tax issues were confidential.

Sars said it would issue a statement later.

In February this year, the court issued a provisional sequestration order against Malema for his R16.5-million tax debt.

Monday was the return date.

If sequestrated, Malema would have immediately been disqualified as an member of Parliament. Sequestrated people cannot serve as MPs.

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