Everything must go!

2013-02-23 00:00

POLOKWANE — A piano that belonged to Julius Malema will henceforth make music in a Catholic church in Modjadjiskloof.

The small black Eurogrand piano was bought by Norman Motaung for R9 200 at an auction at the sheriff’s office. He got a bargain. The instrument's estimated value was R25 000.

“I didn’t buy it because it belonged to Malema. I often go to auctions and our church needed a piano,” said Motaung.

He also bought a seven-piece wicker garden set for R3 500 and six plastic chairs for R700.

Malema’s household possessions were auctioned by the SA Revenue Service in a bid to recoup some of the R16 million he owes.

In all, 37 items realised R50 000 in less than an hour.

About 200 people packed the zinc-roofed warehouse to get a look at Malema’s things.

His arch-enemy, Boy Mamabolo, bought a gold-framed mirror for R300. “When Malema and I were still friends, I liked this mirror very much. Malema wouldn’t give it to me as a Christmas present, so I decided to buy it,” he said.

Many people were unhappy with the prices. “If it wasn’t Malema’s stuff, it would have gone for less,” said one woman.

A man commented: “I thought his things would be more expensive. They’re pretty ordinary.”

A dining room suite with seven upholstered chairs sold for R2 700, two lounge chairs for R3 000 and two couches for R1 600.

A microwave oven went for R720 and two TV sets fetched R1 000 each, while a sound mixer also fetched R1 000.

Also sold were several fridges, bar fridges and coffee tables. The cheapest item was a black and grey carpet that fetched just R100.

Malema must appear in April on charges of money laundering, racketeering and corruption, in connection with tenders that allegedly benefitted his Ratanang family trust.

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