Hundreds gather to support Malema

2015-06-01 10:57
(Genevieve Quintal, News24)

(Genevieve Quintal, News24)

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Pretoria - Hundreds of EFF members gathered outside the High Court in Pretoria on Monday where their leader Julius Malema's sequestration matter is expected to be heard.

The singing crowd, dressed in the party's signature red berets and red overalls, marched up and down Madiba Street in the Pretoria CBD and cheered when Malema arrived at court in a navy blue suit.

He sat in the public gallery lodged between EFF secretary general Godrich Gardee and deputy president Floyd Shivambu.

There was a heavy police presence outside and inside the court.

An agreement between Sars and the firebrand leader had collapsed last month and the revenue service now wanted an additional R14m in interest and penalties.

His lawyer Tumi Mokwena said Malema’s initial tax bill of R16m was reduced to R4m, which was paid. This was due to tax returns he failed to pay between 2006 and 2010.

According to reports in April, Sars was taking these new steps because Malema’s tax payments were allegedly from dubious sources.

However, Mokwena said Sars knew where the money came from. In addition, there was nothing in the agreement requiring Malema to disclose the source of the payments.

At the time, Mokwena said the collapse of the agreement and Sars's bid to sequestrate him was politically motivated.

If he gets sequestrated, he will no longer be allowed to serve as a Member of Parliament.

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