Application to declare Malema in contempt of court

2013-04-09 08:44

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The curators of Julius Malema’s estate will bring a court application today to have the former ANCYL leader declared in contempt of court.

The curators, Cloete Murray and Aviwe Ndyamara, brought the application in the High Court in Pretoria 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 NPA’s Asset Forfeiture Unit.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesman 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 SA 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.

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