EFF prepared to go to ConCourt over Malema

2014-02-13 12:45

Leaders of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) are prepared to go to the Constitutional Court to ensure that Julius Malema can represent the party in Parliament after the elections.

EFF office bearers, including Dali Mpofu, Andile Mngxitama, Godrich Gardee, Magdalene Moonsamy and Mpho Ramakatsa held a press briefing in Centurion this morning, but Malema was not there.

They said Malema’s absence from the briefing was to show that the EFF had taken up Malema’s tax battles.

Malema was placed under provisional sequestration earlier this week. Sequestration could prevent him from becoming a member of Parliament in terms of Section 47 of the Constitution.

Mpofu said: “You cannot be prevented, under the Constitution, from holding public office just because you cannot pay your debts. We will be mounting the biggest political fight, also for the poor, who have been disenfranchised through this litigation.”

Mpofu also said that if they failed to win in court, a trust would be established to fund Malema’s debt, but that his would be done outside of the EFF by concerned citizens who wanted to see Malema in Parliament.

The EFF believes Malema’s tax woes are being used by his enemies to settle political scores.

Mngxitama said: “The ANC is using the SA Revenue Service because it fears what we stand for, the expropriation of land and the nationalisation of mines. Julius Malema is the symbol of that idea whose time has come and he and those ideas have now come under serious political pressure.

“Sars has been used to fight the EFF because the EFF resonates with the people.”

He blamed the ANC for pressuring Sars into “persecuting” Malema through a sequestration order because the ruling party feared facing the EFF at the polls on May 7.

Ramakatsa said the party was fully behind Malema and would do all in its power to ensure that the provisional sequestration was not made final.

He accused Sars of “tricking” Malema into agreeing that he owed R16 million in unpaid taxes when in fact he owed R4 million.

“The debt owed to Sars by a trust linked to Malema is not R16 million, but R4 million. Sars ballooned this [debt] to reach the R16 million mark with the intention to sequester him. The property and assets that Sars has liquidated already cover the original tax debt and what is being pursued are the arbitrary interests and penalties,” said Ramakatsa.

Making a jibe at President Jacob Zuma’s state of the nation speech later tonight, the EFF’s Floyd Shivambu said the party would hold “the real state of the nation address” next week, when it unveils its election manifesto in Tembisa, south of Joburg.

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