Juju’s R10 mln tax bill inquiry starts

2012-04-26 00:00

CAPE TOWN — About 30 people have been subpoenaed to testify in a judicial inquiry into axed ANC youth leader Julius Malema’s R10 million tax bill.

Die Burger has heard that the in camera hearing started in Pretoria on Tuesday.

All the witnesses have been subpoenaed by the South African Revenue Service (SARS).

It was widely reported last weekend that the tax history of Malema and several of his business acquaintances would be exposed in a judicial inquiry this week.

Die Burger reported on Monday that the inquiry, led by a judge, would be conducted in terms of Section 74c of the South African Revenue Service Act.

This section can be used when SARS suspects the possibility of tax evasion. SARS has to obtain a court order, following which people are subpoenaed to testify in the inquiry.

The Sunday Independent reported on Sunday that several of Malema’s friends have been subpoenaed to testify.

The inquiry was apparently launched after certain businesspeople and public servants refused to co-operate with SARS. Malema has apparently not been subpoenaed, but is seen as central to the inquiry.

City Press, a sister newspaper of Die Burger, reported at the weekend that a tax bill of more than R10 million was sent to Malema. It apparently relates to the millions of rand paid into the Ratanang Family Trust.

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