Juju sells his R3.6m house and moves on

2011-04-09 20:22

For residents of the affluent Johannesburg suburb of Sandown, music will no longer be booming from the posh multimillion-rand house of ANC Youth League president Julius Malema.

Malema has sold his house and the property was completely demolished two weeks ago.

Residents said Malema moved out earlier this year.

The house in the boomgated suburb was in the headlines in 2009 when ­Malema’s ­neighbours moaned about a wild party the youth leader had held there.
Neighbours complained about the noise and a police ­reservist accused Malema of ­assaulting him after police had responded to the complaint.

Malema bought the 1 500m² property in September 2009 for R3.6 million. Prices for houses in the ­area start from R2 million and go up to R7 million.

Prime Properties, the estate agency that sold the house, said it could not comment on the deal, citing client confidentiality.

This week Malema’s former neighbours would not be drawn on whether they were happy to see him leave.

One resident, who asked not to be ­identified, said the youth leader did not ­interact much with his well-to-do ­neighbours. The neighbour said Malema drove around in a Land Rover and a ­Mercedes Benz C63.

He was affable, said a gardener who worked at one of the houses on Silvela Road. “He would greet us whenever he passed,” said the gardener.

Outside the house an estate agent’s “sold” sign is displayed and home ­builder Kwandisa Construction is ­preparing to start construction of the property.

A Kwandisa representative said they were building the property for a company of architects, which he would not name.

Malema said: “I am a private citizen and I think I deserve my privacy.”

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