Expelled ANCYL leader Julius Malema

The SA Revenue Service (Sars) has filed papers in the Pretoria High Court to have expelled ANC Youth League president Julius Malema sequestrated.

The City Press reported on its website on Thursday that, according to court papers, Malema owes Sars R16 million and is “factually insolvent and in no position to make payment of his indebtedness to Sars”.

Malema and his lawyers would decide today whether to oppose the application.

If the application succeeded or was unopposed, all of Malema’s properties – including his house in Sandton, and his house, smallholding and farm in Limpopo – would be placed under curatorship and auctioned to cover his debts.

City Press reported that, according to the court documents, Sars had rejected an offer by Malema to borrow R4m to settle his outstanding taxes until 2011, because of inconsistencies in his representations.

In its papers, Sars reportedly stated that discrepancies in Malema’s representation of his net assets were not conducive to concluding that he had made a full and frank disclosure, and supported its contention that “it would be to the benefit of Malema’s creditors to sequestrate his estate”.

Malema had until February 18 to notify Sars whether he intended opposing the application, the paper reported.

The hearing was scheduled for February 27. – Sapa