Sheriff attaches Juju’s car, umbrella and couch

2010-10-24 11:11

Two umbrellas, a Nissan bakkie and a lounge suite.

This is the property which ANC Youth League (ANCYL) leader Julius Malema is not ­allowed to get rid of after the bailiff gave notice that he would be seizing it at his house in Sandton, Johannesburg.

All because Malema cannot, or will not, pay a fine of R50?000.

This week, Malema swore that the property would not be seized as he had not yet paid up due to having appealed the fine.

Malema and his attorney Tumi Mokwena indicated to the Sonke Gender Justice Network in an email on Thursday that he would ask the court to condone the late filing of an intended ­appeal against the fine.

“It shows that he has been lying all this time about the reason he can’t pay the fine,” said Sonke’s Mbuyiselo Botha.

The fine was imposed after Sonke laid a charge at the equity court in reaction to insulting comments Malema had made about the woman who accused
President Jacob Zuma of rape a few years ago. Malema said the woman had had “a nice time”.

The court found Malema guilty and ruled that he would have to pay a fine to non-governmental organisation People Opposing Women Abuse (Powa).

Neither Mokwena nor ANCYL spokesperson Floyd ­Shivambu were willing to talk to City Press ­regarding the turn of events.

Botha says they now have five days to decide whether or not they will oppose Malema’s latest court application.

“We still have to consult our attorneys, but the consequences are that we cannot currently sell his property; although the umbrellas, the bakkie, and the living room suite have been attached by the bailiff,” he said.

Botha said he didn’t even know that Malema intended to appeal until Thursday.

According to Botha, Malema “is ­sending a dangerous message that ­public leaders don’t respect the law”.

He said: “Malema is in a very ­important position as youth leader. ­People look up to him. The heartbreaking thing is that people gave their lives for the struggle and our Constitution, but people like Malema don’t respect it.”

Botha added that the idea behind seizing Malema’s property “has never been about revenge or to punish him”, but because “we’re fair and believe that justice must prevail”.

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