Sars could ruin Malema’s future

2014-02-09 12:20
Julius Malema (Picture: Sapa)

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Johannesburg - Embattled Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema will embark on a battle for political survival on Monday as he starts to fight off sequestration in the North Gauteng High Court.  

Should Malema lose the case and be sequestrated before the national elections, he will be unable to become an MP – a position he covets.

According to the Sunday Times, Section 47 (c) of the constitution prevents an unrehabilitated insolvent from serving as a member of parliament.

Malema’s woes revolve around his unpaid tax bill and penalties of R16.2m for the years 2005 to 2011.

According to Sars spokesperson Adrian Lackay, Sars is ready to proceed with the case on Monday.

It is not however clear whether Malema’s lawyers will push for a postponement. Sars meanwhile states that Malema’s liabilities far exceed his assets and that he is factually insolvent.

Malema owes R16m

In 2012 Sars obtained a R16m judgment against Malema for unpaid taxes, according to a report in City Press.

The judgment was obtained in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on 11 September. Malema did not oppose the application by Sars.

Sars spokesperson Adrian Lackay confirmed the judgment against Malema for R16m was obtained. He told the newspaper the amount included unpaid taxes, penalties and interest.

At the time Lackay said he could not give any more details of Malema's tax affairs because a "taxpayer's confidentiality is a legal obligation imposed on Sars".

According to the report Sars was about to seize Malema's property and assets in Gauteng and Limpopo.

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