Sars tight-lipped on Malema case

2013-04-09 12:16

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The South African Revenue Service (Sars) has remained tightlipped about reasons behind the contempt of court case against former ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema being struck off the roll in the North Gauteng High Court today.

Malema was hauled before court by the curators of his estate, Cloete Murray from the Sechaba Trust and Aviwe Ndyamara of the Tshwane Trust Company for allegedly failing to declare his assets for auction.

Murray and Ndyamara were appointed by the court to determine all Malema’s assets following a court order that led to his Sandton and Polokwane assets being auctioned off.

But curators have accused Malema of being in contempt of court by not declaring his assets after he had agreed to do so.

Sars spokesperson Marika Muller said although the court action was a result of the initial case to recover R16 million in unpaid income tax, the revenue service would not comment.

“Sars does not wish to comment on the matter, as the legal processes must be allowed to run their course. It would be inappropriate to comment at this stage,” was all Muller would say.

Murray and Ndyamara’s offices said the two were busy in consultation and were not available for comment.

Attempts to get comment from Malema’s lawyer, Tumi Mokoena, who had told reporters that his client would oppose the court application, were unsuccessful.

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