Malema: First the house, now the farm

2013-05-12 10:00

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Former ANC Youth League firebrand Julius Malema’s 140 hectare cabbage and tomato farm is next on his list of assets to fall under the hammer.

The Limpopo farm is scheduled to be auctioned on June 10 after his unfinished Sandown property went under the hammer for R5.9 million this week.

The farm Schuilkraal, 12km north of Polokwane on the Dendron road, was seized by the Asset Forfeiture Unit last year after the high court ruled it was acquired with the proceeds of crime.

Park Village Auctions have advertised the property on their website.

The farm is registered in the name of Gwama Properties and is expected to fetch close to R4 million – the price it was purchased for.

Gwama Properties is co-owned by Malema’s business partner Lesiba Gwangwa.

The farm has a study nook, a kitchen with scullery, a lounge-cum-dining room, an enclosed patio with a guest bathroom and a cement dam

According to Park Village Auctions the farmhouse also has a thatch rondavel, a garage workshop, storeroom, swimming pool, three boreholes, a cattle loading facility and another “partially completed” property which consists of four bedrooms, kitchen and a lounge.

This week Malema moved quickly to distance himself from reports that he had a close relationship with the businessman who bought his incomplete Sandown house, Norman Tloubatla.

Both men have issued statements denying a personal relationship.

City Press’ sister newspaper, Rapport, asked Cape Town architect Willem Jansen to finish Malema’s house, based on the building plans.

The “final product” shows that the former youth leader was planning to build an ultra-modern, hi-tech house in Sandown.

It had its own safety room at the entrance, even though the suburb has safety booms and fulltime guards.

One of the three floors is underground. There are four bedrooms and four bathrooms, and provision was made for a lift.

Malema purchased the property in 2009 for R3.6 million, before he demolished it and started building his mansion.

A strong room is hidden behind the elevator shaft on the ground floor. On the same floor there is a cigar lounge, a wine cellar, a theatre and a techno room.

Malema wanted an open-plan kitchen and living room on the first floor.

His mansion would also have had a swimming pool, jacuzzi and double garage. A fancy garage was situated next to the luxury lounge.

A neighbour said the construction caused disruptions, particularly when the underground bunker was being built. His neighbours’ water was cut-off for days.

Cape Town architect Willem Jansen’s computer-modelled impression of how Malema’s completed Sandown house might have looked

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