Sheriff at Malema’s doorstep

2010-10-17 12:32

ANC Youth League president Julius Malema plans to fight the possible ­attachment of his property tomorrow if the Sonke Gender Justice Network (SGJN) and the sheriff of the court insist on seizing assets.

Malema was found guilty of hate speech after remarking that the woman who accused President Jacob Zuma of rape had enjoyed herself.

The Equality Court ordered him to pay People Opposing Women Abuse (Powa) R50?000 and apologise for his offending remarks.

Malema’s lawyer, Tumi Mokoena, said Malema would have no choice but to approach the high court to stop the move.

“We filed for appeal (in April) and the clerk of the (Equality) Court has not ­provided us with the record of proceedings of (Malema’s trial),” Mokoena said.

“We will file an application for stay of that warrant until the appeal is finalised,” he said, adding that the SGJN knew very well that it was the clerk of the court, not Malema, who delayed the finalisation of the appeal.

“I just don’t know why they are making a fuss out of it,” he said.

SGJN activist Mbuyiselo Botha said Malema had until 9.30am tomorrow to pay Powa the R50 000 fine and a week to tender the apology.

“We hope they will find it in their heart to do as promised because Malema had said he would abide by the court’s ­decision,” said Botha.

The drama takes place during a ­particularly bad week for Malema.

On Monday, police withdrew Malema’s ­bodyguards, saying there was no longer any threat to his life.

Yesterday the Saturday Star said its journalist, Kashiefa Ajam, had won a South Gauteng High Court order ­instructing Malema and ANC Youth League spokesperson Floyd Shivambu to apologise or face arrest.

This followed Shivambu’s email in which he accused the journalist of being a “drunkard”.

Ajam, a practising Muslim, had written a story suggesting that there was a cosy relationship between the youth league and the suppliers of Chivas Regal whisky.

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