If you want to know who’s paying my tax, ask me – Julius Malema

2014-08-25 12:36

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The provisional sequestration order against him is a closed matter, Julius Malema has said.

“As far as I’m concerned, this matter is closed and those who thought sequestration will be a short cut to my political life will be disappointed because there is not going to be any sequestration,” the Economic Freedom Fighters leader told journalists outside the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria today.

The court earlier extended the provisional order against him to December 1.

Malema was confident he would not be sequestrated.

“Today’s case was meant for [the] purpose of sequestration in case I do not comply with the agreement, and so far I’ve complied with every little detail of the agreement.

“So the first of December, that’s when the matter will be struck off the roll because the last payment to the South African Revenue Service is on the 28th of November. Then we will just come here for formality for them to come and withdraw the case.”

Malema rejected media reports yesterday that alleged cigarette smuggler Adriano Mazzotti was helping him pay his tax bill.

City Press reported that impeccable sources said that Mazzotti was a generous financial donor to Malema, and could be the source of the repayments.

Read: Who is settling Julius Malema’s taxes?

“Now there has been a story that there is some cigarette smuggler who is paying for my tax. That’s not true,” Malema said.

“My tax is paid by the trust established by fellow South Africans who saw this matter as a persecution, and the EFF lower structures are engaged in the mobilisation of resources, encouraging people to deposit money into this trust.”

The EFF leader described the report as “absolute nonsense”, and believed wrongs were being looked for where none existed.

“We are paying our dues and others must do the same. When you owe the state you pay. You don’t have to go around hiding and using some laws and pieces of legislation not to comply with what you are owing to the state,” he said.

Malema was disappointed by reports that the revenue service was investigating the source of his tax debt repayments. He would lay a complaint with the revenue service about the reported investigation.

“If they want to know where the money comes from, they must ask me. Why should they ask me through Ferial [Haffajee], the City Press editor?

“She’s not paying tax on my behalf, so if you want to know who is paying Julius Malema’s tax, you ask Julius Malema. You don’t go to the media and newspapers.”

Malema has previously admitted he had not attended to his tax affairs the way the law required. According to court papers, Malema owed R16 million, plus interest, after failing to submit tax returns between 2006 and 2010.

In February, Judge Bill Prinsloo ordered that Malema’s estate be provisionally sequestrated.

A final sequestration order would affect Malema’s political career, as he would no longer be allowed to serve as a member of Parliament.

» This article was updated after first published to add further details.

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