SARS yet to receive Malema probe request

2011-07-19 06:52

The SA Revenue Service (SARS) has not received any requests for a lifestyle audit of ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema.

“By the close of business yesterday [Monday], we hadn’t received anything,” said SARS spokesperson Adrian Lackay.

“If we receive a request for an investigation, obviously we will consider it and establish the merits in the claims that the MP will make, and then we will proceed from there.”

DA MP Dianne Kohler Barnard said at the weekend that she would write a letter to SARS requesting that Malema be investigated.

This was after the Sunday Independent reported that Malema was building a R16-million mansion in Sandown, northern Joburg, while earning a salary of R25 000 per month.

The house, according to the paper, would include a secure basement from where he could hide in case of an attack on him.

Malema told The Star in a report today that he would cooperate if SARS decided to probe him.

“Sars conducts lifestyle [audits] on anybody as and when they wish to do that,” he told the daily.

But he did not want to comment on the reports that he was planning to build himself a bunker.

“My life and what I do with my house is not a public issue. I am not a public representative,” Malema reportedly said.

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