Sequestration will sink Malema

Comment on this story
IOL pic nov18 julius malema file Reuters Julius Malema

Johannesburg - EFF leader Julius Malema's ambitions to serve in Parliament will be dashed should a provisional sequestration order against him become final, his lawyer said on Monday.

“If it becomes final, it will affect him in Parliament. He will not be allowed to be an MP,” Tumi Mokoena said.

“But it's not a final order yet.”

Earlier, the Economic Freedom Fighters' leader was provisionally sequestrated by the High Court in Pretoria. A draft order was signed and made an order of court. Reading the order into the record Judge Bill Prinsloo said: “The estate of the respondent (Malema) is placed in provisional sequestration.”

Malema and anyone else who did not want the order to be made final had until 10am on May 26 to give reasons as to why this should not happen. The general election will be held on May 7.

Mokoena said Malema would pursue a seat in Parliament despite the provisional order.

“Yes, he will be able to stand in the election. He will continue in politics until the final judgment on the matter. It's not important to him. Should the (final) order be granted against him he will take it to the Constitutional Court.”

Mokoena said Malema intended appealing against Monday's decision.

According to court documents, Malema owed R16 million plus interest after failing to submit tax returns between 2006 and 2010. In 2010, the SA Revenue Service contacted Malema about his failure to submit tax returns.

It took Malema 18 months, after many attempts by the 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.


sign up

Comment Guidelines

  1. Please read our comment guidelines.
  2. Login and register, if you haven’ t already.
  3. Write your comment in the block below and click (Post As)
  4. Has a comment offended you? Hover your mouse over the comment and wait until a small triangle appears on the right-hand side. Click triangle () and select "Flag as inappropriate". Our moderators will take action if need be.

  5. Verified email addresses: All users on Independent Media news sites are now required to have a verified email address before being allowed to comment on articles. You are only required to verify your email address once to have full access to commenting on articles. For more information please read our comment guidelines