Julius Malema, the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters.
Julius Malema, the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters.

Malema off the hook, forgives Sars

By ZELDA VENTER, High Court Reporter Time of article published Jun 1, 2015

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Pretoria - EFF leader Julius Malema is off the hook.

Sars, in a sudden turn of events, late on Monday withdrew its application for his sequestration, as well as withdrawing the provisional sequestration order it has against him.

Advocate Nic Maritz SC, appearing for Sars, following an hour long adjournment, told judge Gregory Wright that he had advised his client (Sars) to withdraw the application.

No reason was given to the judge and counsel afterwards refused to speak to the media.

Malema, in addressing a crowd outside court, said he had “forgiven” Sars for going after him. He urged his followers to support Sars as it was vital in providing for the poor.

Sars wanted Malema to be finally sequestrated, saying that the compromised the deal it had with him was off the table as he was not honest about the source he used to settle his debt and that he now owed the taxman around R31-million.

This included the R18-million he initially owed Sars as well as a further R13.5-million for the tax year 2011/2012.

Malema is still embroiled in appeal proceedings with Sars regarding the R13.5-million.

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