Malema owes R10m

2012-04-22 10:28

Johannesburg - Suspended ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema has been served with a tax bill of more than R10 million.

At the same time, Malema hit out at his detractors, saying they have “unleashed all state agencies against me because they want to silence me”.

Speaking outside his house in Flora Park, Polokwane, on Saturday, Malema said if anybody wanted to arrest him “they know my address”.

The South African Revenue Service (Sars) has added to Malema’s woes by demanding more than R10 million in taxes from him - apparently related to the millions deposited into his Ratanang Family Trust.

Malema is likely to be kicked out of the governing ANC this week for ill-discipline.


Malema initially reacted with shock when City Press approached him for comment, saying via SMS: “What? That’s not possible.”

But later he again replied via SMS, saying his accountant said the amount owed to Sars was R120 million. He added: “We prefer to (deal) with Sars directly, not through City Press.”

It is not clear how he got to the figure of R120 million, or whether he was joking.

Soon afterwards, his lawyer, Nicqui Galaktiou, sent the following message: “Disclosure of Mr Malema’s private affairs with Sars is a violation of his right to privacy.”

She also said publishing private tax information was a criminal offence “and breaks the sanctity between a taxpayer and Sars”.

City Press understands that the more than R10 million he owes Sars includes penalties. Money owed in an assessment usually emanates from income that wasn’t declared or not fully declared.

Tax troubles

Three independent sources confirmed Malema’s tax troubles.

City Press reported last month that in 2010 alone, R3 million was paid into the trust by different people.

The league’s officials said in a statement in July last year if there was any wrongdoing on the part of the trust, Malema “is open and ready for investigations by Sars, and any other law enforcement agencies”.

It is believed Malema will object to the Sars assessment. He could then approach a tax court or appeal against the finding in a high court. At this point, his tax affairs would become public. If this appeal is turned down, he’d have to pay up or have his assets attached.

Sars spokesperson Adrian Lackay could not comment, saying taxpayers’ affairs are secret.

  • madise.paul - 2012-04-22 10:36

    As a Nation please lets pray for Julias Malema for he's heading to jail!

      Sean - 2012-04-22 10:39

      Go to Jail, Go Directly to Jail. Do not pass Limpopo, do not collect R10 Million.

      martin.gee.godfrey - 2012-04-22 10:40

      We certainly will pray that he heads for jail and we pray that his health remains good so that he can serve his sentence but alas I already fear that he is already getting his people to google symptoms to feign illness like his uncles Shabir and Panday

      War Lord - 2012-04-22 10:42

      No amount of praying will help him and I think you are going to find it difficult finding people in South Africa willing to pray for this thug. Don't worry about the praying. Put on some loud music and dance down the streets!

      bluzulu - 2012-04-22 11:35

      Damn....he was sliding down at a decent pace and now he's over the cliff. Shame ........little house of cards has fallen apart. Next stop a designer prisoners kit.

      Christopher - 2012-04-22 13:08 on Bluzulu!

      sandy.langenstrass - 2012-04-22 20:51

      Don't think people will pray for him..especially the white folks considering he insisted on singing KILL THE

      John - 2012-04-23 07:17

      As an nation, Paul you are heading down the road as the Congo, Somalia, Sierra leon and all the other countries in africa that portrays there leaders more than normal persons you consistently look at them as demigods.The devil has blinded you with hatred in your heart and bigotry in your mind.

      desertratbkf - 2012-04-23 15:23

      Any THIEF, MUST go to prison! What part of that, do you not get????? WTF! Why are the BASICS, always too difficult to comprehend on here. Difficult to explain! He's a THIEF!!!

  • Francois - 2012-04-22 10:37

    Lock the crook up for good.

      Dean - 2012-04-23 06:21

      @Kolobo That is a racist comment. If a white person had to type something racist here about a black person, news24 would quickly remove it. But you can get away with a racist comment like that and news24 does nothing?? And you hide behind a faceless facebook profile. COWARD RACIST!

      Reehaz - 2012-04-23 14:36

      sean the bulldog gets the whole week ;)

  • Sean - 2012-04-22 10:37

    HA HA HA! Talk about having a Fat day...

  • sanet.oelofse - 2012-04-22 10:42

    He wants to nationalise everything, besides the money he owes the government. Everyone else has to support the people of South Africa financially, he will give them moral support, in spirit, he feels their pain.

  • Rob - 2012-04-22 10:44

    What a Tsotsi this joker is.

  • molokor2 - 2012-04-22 10:45

    Oweing tax doesn't mean u can go jail , did khoza went jail by the time when he owe sars ? So leave malema alone please .

      martin.gee.godfrey - 2012-04-22 10:52

      You are right, however, if the money was earned illegally and he has evaded paying tax, he can indeed go to jail. Tax evasion is illegal.

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-22 10:55


      pws69 - 2012-04-22 11:29

      Yes you can, if SARS can prove tax evasion, especially on this scale. If you can get 6 months in jail for trying to steal a can of beans because you are starving, you can certainly go to jail for trying to steal R10 million.

      Tsotsi - 2012-04-22 11:30

      But you dont have any proof that it was obtained illegally except for the thumbs up from your people when you say it was illegal

      pws69 - 2012-04-22 11:42

      @Tsotsi, The truth wil come out now that those protecting him have abandoned him. As an example, why has his little tenderpreneurship business dishing out contracts in Limpopo been shut down. I'm going to enjoy watching people like you eat humble pie by the spadeful when the full extent of his corruption is finally exposed.

      martin.gee.godfrey - 2012-04-22 12:29

      OK Tsotsi - Your name alone leads us to assume you are one of those who feels entitled to everything but either way, here is a quick lesson, a "Tax-101" if you will. SARS has the authority to investigate ANYBODY whom, in their opinion, appears to be living a lifestyle beyond their means. They are entitled to audit Malema's personal finances and to enquire where his income is derived. Even if it has come from a trust, they can also audit those who have paid money to the trust. Any monies paid/received has a tax implication. (Donations tax is one of them). What SARS does not have to do is tell the public at this stage, is content of their investigation as even though Malema is percieved to be a tax cheat, he has the same rights to privacy as every other citizen. However, on conclusion of the audit, if it is proven that he has evaded tax, then he can be prosecuted under the Income Tax Act and can also be handed over to the Hawks for investigation into criminal receipt/money laundering etc. Those crimes are in the public interest and can be reported on. It is however, highly unlikely that his income has all been legally required and that he has paid the required income tax in terms of the laws of this land.

      martin.gee.godfrey - 2012-04-22 14:32

      @Tsotsi - "SARS is irrelevant"? hahahaha... try saying that when you one day get out of university and into the real world. The "struggle ended when the ANC took charge in 1994, probably whilst you were still in junior school. You have benefited for the past 18 years from an ANC government so any "struggle" you have is just a figment of your imagination. Studying political science doesn't make you an expert in politics as much in the same way that standing in a garage makes you a car.

      sergiodc - 2012-04-23 12:09

      african evasion

      desmond.myeza.7 - 2012-06-23 18:19

      Khoza paid his dues.Where is Malema going to get this money from because his mine in Limpopo got dry??

  • Sharon - 2012-04-22 10:46

    I wonder how much of this is tax and how much penaties & interest? He can make a repayment arrangement - uhhh I can pay one hundred rands per month.....

  • pkheswa - 2012-04-22 10:47

    What goes around comes around Julius, if u cause trouble, trouble follows you. Ha ha ha

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-22 10:55


      Abram - 2012-05-22 14:36

      Some newspaper are apologising to malema but stupid people still believe the city press and news24,malema is going nowhere,this louzy media are waisting time, pink man is using people like Sipho Masondo to destroy our leaders,but the time will come.if juju goes to jail we will be there with him- An injury to one is an injury to all

  • Tee - 2012-04-22 10:48

    I think its time people woke up from their wishful dream!JuJu is going no where!!ViVa JuJu ViVa!!

      freda.coetzee - 2012-04-22 13:43

      Eating himself to death with his little white friend (still wondering about that one)...while his people starve to death and live in poverty.

      Arthur - 2012-04-22 22:37

      Going to jail will do Malema some good - he'll lose weight and meet like-minded people who could end up being life long husbands *cough* I mean friends.

      Philip - 2012-04-23 08:50

      Really.. Watch this space.

  • thabani.alfred - 2012-04-22 10:49

    Net getting tighter...madonsela n hawks must release thier findings too.

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-22 10:56

      It's coming. Malema's supporters will see just how corrupt their little 'economic freedom' fighter has been. HAHAHAHA !!!

      Warren - 2012-04-22 11:04

      @ Charles Since when did proof, logic & reason start becoming credentials by which ANC supporters evaluated their leaders or party. I guarantee that even if Malema admitted to knowing dodging paying tax, his cash-strapped impoverished supporters would all happily chip in to bail him out. They wouldn't even be troubled if they knew their cash was being spent on caviar and Johnny Walker Blue. It's sad but true I'm afraid.

  • spartanx93 - 2012-04-22 10:50

    hahahahaahhahahahahahaahhahaahhaahahha....... in your face chubby cheeks!

  • Tanie - 2012-04-22 10:51

    Poor Malema I bet he doesn't understand the meaning of all this things said about him. What is tax in Sepedi? that will be his first question.Shame he is done and dusted now.....

  • acsteyn - 2012-04-22 10:52

    "She also said publishing private tax information was a criminal offence “and breaks the sanctity between a taxpayer and Sars”." Sanctity I think is only relevant when it is a private affair. In this case it is in public domain as it is likely that it is tolen public funds and ill-gotten gains through entrepere-tendering I think they call it. In mean crooks affairs are always in the public domain so that others can learn lessons from these ill-gotten gains.

  • Thabo - 2012-04-22 10:53

    R10m means he has been taxed on /- R25m.

  • SaffaSeun - 2012-04-22 10:55

    Hahaha lekker ou Dikgat! Lets hope this is the start of more to come... Now I actually enjoy reading about Malema!!

  • Cheslin - 2012-04-22 10:56

    And the circus continues. SA is heading toward desruction because of all the muppets we have running the country. Greed, dishonesty, deception, to name but a few are the common traits amongst all of our leaders. Its a wild west scenario in SA right now, get as much as you can while the getting is good and bugger the rest. People are starving and dying on a daily basis in our country and not nearly enough is being done for their, our, plight. It is complete madness.

  • Cheslin - 2012-04-22 10:56

    And the circus continues. SA is heading toward desruction because of all the muppets we have running the country. Greed, dishonesty, deception, to name but a few are the common traits amongst all of our leaders. Its a wild west scenario in SA right now, get as much as you can while the getting is good and bugger the rest. People are starving and dying on a daily basis in our country and not nearly enough is being done for their, our, plight. It is complete madness.

      Sikhumbuzo - 2012-04-22 11:18

      @Cheslin-the country is leading in a good direction,the fact that we have a structures like SARS who can clamp and monitor people who don't comply and evade tax that's a good sign of monitoring- so let's be positive with this country

      pws69 - 2012-04-22 11:32

      @Sikhumbuzo, I view it another way. How can they ANC kleptocrats steal if there is nothing to steal. Hence revenue COLLECTION agencies are are superbly functions, but the Depts of Education, Health, Welfare etc are all completely dysfuntion. In a nutshell: If it TAKES money from us, it is functional, if it SPENDS money on us, it is dysfuntional. Your thoughts?

      Jacqui - 2012-04-22 13:53

      Sikhumbuzo, the country heading in a good direction?. Heavens and there are more than a million pupils in the Eastern Cape still without school books and that in April. Yes, the country is sure heading in the right direction, right down the drain.

  • Cheslin - 2012-04-22 10:56

    And the circus continues. SA is heading toward desruction because of all the muppets we have running the country. Greed, dishonesty, deception, to name but a few are the common traits amongst all of our leaders. Its a wild west scenario in SA right now, get as much as you can while the getting is good and bugger the rest. People are starving and dying on a daily basis in our country and not nearly enough is being done for their, our, plight. It is complete madness.

  • lisa.spangehl - 2012-04-22 10:59

    so they only get taxed when they are in the ruling party's bad books? How much do the leaders still in favour owe?

  • CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-22 11:00

    His tax penalties are from 'money not declared'. Hmmm, I wonder how much undeclared money has gone through Malema's bank accounts? Do the poor masses now realise that Malema never cared about them? It was always his own agenda to make as much money for HIMSELF as possible. He has just used their mass voice to further his own greed !!! Malema supporters are the biggest loser here!!!

      Roger - 2012-04-22 11:09

      Many of us have not agreed on various posts or topics; but a lot of us are raising a toast on this new. Hopefully this one and a few others will finally bury this man!

      Anele - 2012-04-22 11:59

      Can u define the word (poor) plz ?

  • tony.kirby1 - 2012-04-22 11:01

    Shame and the Gardener must still be paid as well. I wonder if he paid the gardeners monhly UIF contributions over.

  • Robert - 2012-04-22 11:01

    Let them nationalise his property..

  • Tlou - 2012-04-22 11:03

    is this the begining of the end of juju??*wondering*

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-22 11:05

      Absolutely. SA will soon forget that there ever was this greedy little 'economic freedom' revolutionary. He was always just trouble for South Africa. Best the he and his supporters all just fade into darkness

      Tee - 2012-04-22 11:12

      Stop wondering Tlou..Juju will prevail!!Most leaders in the anc are waiting for the so called internal processes of the ANC's NDC to be exhausted!!!Then after that they will be throwing their weight behind Juju!

  • smakupula - 2012-04-22 11:04

    you cannot keep a good man down, no matter how hard you try. malema s the future. we need an afrcica that can stand up for itself against oppression by the big fish. this s the man who will achieve that, the gaddaffi vision

      Robert - 2012-04-22 11:07

      Gaddafi was a dictator, his own followers was his own falling.

      Chanté - 2012-04-22 11:10

      Mmmmmmmm, good proophecy indeed, thinking about Gadaffi,s end......

      Kevin - 2012-04-22 11:22

      Smaks, you're perfectly right : "you can't keep a good man down". But Julius isn't a good man, haven't you worked that out yet? How did you think he ran up a tax bill of R10 million on his salary? He doesn't even want to pay his gardener, so how do you think he cares about you? Please, please, start thinking straight about this.

      thabani.alfred - 2012-04-22 11:53

      Fortunate enough malema is not a good ma so he is going down n he wl remain thtre!!!LOL

      Shaylene - 2012-04-22 12:05

      Okay I must be blind because I don't see any good in him, in fact all I see is a corrput selfish man who makes empty promises to poor individuals who actually believe the nonsense that comes out his mouth. How can you march for the poor when you have a 16 million rand home in Sandton or can't even pay his gardner? How can you say you are a law abiding citizen when u are not declaring your taxes correctly? How can you he say he loves white people and is not a racist when he sung kill the boer? How can you call him a good man even though he disrespects the presidant? Why didn't he take Floyds back recently? Floyd has supported him through all this? Seriously get a grip ans start waking up to the fact that he is going down and is trying to take as many people with him. He is a self centered self righteous man.

      Zahir - 2012-04-22 18:31

      Malema with his ancyl friends are fight for wealth ie sandton mansions not to help poor if u were think of join them on that train it has now derailed and crashed

      Dewald - 2012-04-23 07:44

      Trolls be trolling it up.

      stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-04-23 11:45

      He does not have the brains nor the vision to run a country. He's stupid. Look how he's messed up his life. He's history man, a loser.

      Justin - 2012-04-24 08:21

      Your logical syllogism is: a) you can't keep a good man down, b) Juju is a good man, therefore c) you can't keep Juju down. You are correct sir: you cannot keep a good man down. The fault in your reasoning however is the he is a good man. So this is closer to the truth: a) you cannot keep a good man down, b) Juju is NOT a good man, c) ergo: he's going down and there's not much that can be done to stop it - based on your own logical reasoning. Q.I.D.

  • Diran - 2012-04-22 11:11

    JuJu what have you done now.

  • Masala Ramabulana - 2012-04-22 11:12

    Not everything on the article is 100% factual, as declared income also form part of SARS assessment and the article seems to communicate that only undeclared income form part of the assessment , 99% of taxpayers assessment only include declared income as SARS does not have the time to go into everyone banks accounts

      pws69 - 2012-04-22 11:27

      SARS have a specific division focused on high income earners, as there "return on investment" or effort, will yield a much larger return with high income earners who don't pay tax. The moment it came to light Malema was building a R16 million house (on a publicly declared income of R20,000 a month) he became a target of a full audit. This means SARS will check everything.

  • asivhanga - 2012-04-22 11:16

    News24, is Malema the only person living in South Africa? I think you should change news24 to Malema24.

      Pixie86 - 2012-04-22 13:04

      i could not agree more. Maybe he gives them money for every article written

      indianajohn - 2012-04-23 12:00

      Um... and yet you both commented. The articles with the most comments are usually the most popular. And the most popular articles are the ones you want on your news website. This is not rocket science.

  • pws69 - 2012-04-22 11:17

    The very same state machinery he abused getting his ill gotten gains is going to be used to destroy him. I'm loving it.

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-22 11:21

      On that note, Malema hates the media, until it's time for Malema to use the media to spread his 'struggle', then he loves them again. He's a sneaky little greedy politican, isn't he?

  • Andrew - 2012-04-22 11:20

    It could not have happened to a nicer scum bag!!!!

  • Sidney Gilroy - 2012-04-22 11:26

    Wait untill the links between Malema's trusts and Mugabe's millions being laundered out of Zimbabwe are exposed. Wait untill that R28 million beach house in Zimbali that's on Malema and Mugabe's names are exposed. Dark days Malema...dark,dark days.

  • hendrik.vdberg - 2012-04-22 11:35

    Haha!! Pappa wag vir jou!! :D

  • kensong.ben - 2012-04-22 11:36

    Anti malema ..go ahead ..have a field day ..pop the champagne ..he is done ...finished ..errr..may be not lol

  • Robin - 2012-04-22 11:41

    Watch this empty bottle make even more noise now while he blames colonialism and the apartheid regime for his woes. Live with it JuJu - these are the rewards for living the corrupt life you've led ever since you gave up woodwork!

  • Roy - 2012-04-22 11:42

    Hope all the relevant agencies hit this sucker with the full might of the law. He should pay for what he has done to his own people who are suffering while he lives the rich life. Hope he opens his mouth wide enough to implicate the other crooks in government who stole taxpayers money.

  • Mc - 2012-04-22 11:44

    10Mil Ain't no money.

      Robert - 2012-04-22 11:52

      Yeah it will soon be the price of bread if they support him.

      adritruter - 2012-04-22 12:04

      If you never had money you will be unable to comprehend its value. I suppose to an unfortunate many it is their reality.

      Sunil - 2012-04-22 12:11

      Give me the 10 Mil ' will use it to uplift the poor , downtrodden , oppressed and neglected!No fatcats to line their pockets , just good efficient use and acknowledgement to the Freedom Charter. Remember that?

  • Mxeki - 2012-04-22 11:48

    By da time malema was insulting mbeki and other non-ANC leaders Zuma and his company were quiet cos he was puppy barking at those who tried to derail him(zuma) from doing his job. Juju is being victimised for his objective ideas which do not favour da personal interests of some Anc leaders. But i knw Juju is a strong and resilient man, all these will be history.

      Zahir - 2012-04-22 18:24

      Juju has some good ideas take from the poor give to the rich is one I like best that's is how he got his millions

  • Andrew - 2012-04-22 11:49

    Is this not the greatest news ever. I wonder who will continue to fund his legal bills and his Sandton home????

  • Fatimah - 2012-04-22 11:49

    They mst leave hm alne nw.sars is a pain to every1 bakithy

      mahomed.mather - 2012-04-22 12:02

      What makes him exempt from paying taxes? We all do! You also benefit from sars collecting taxes so don't say that they are a pain.

      Zahir - 2012-04-22 18:08

      What are u saying please learn english

      hosia.modiga - 2012-04-23 11:49

      As if you know any single word in other 10 Mzansi languages Zahir.Dont you get the message from Fatimah?????

      indianajohn - 2012-04-23 12:53

      As fas as I can tell, all the people in favour of Julius are incapable of spelling, proper grammar or even the most basic rational thought. The minumum requirement for voting should be age 18+ AND matric at the very least. Mind you, that's not worth much these days either. Fatimah: Do yourself a favour and type properly. It's even worse when someone appears to know English but chooses to make themselves look dumb and unemployable by misspelling words on purpose.

      Merven - 2012-04-23 13:45

      @Fatimah, and you shouldn't have left your school books alone.

  • Mxeki - 2012-04-22 11:49

    By da time malema was insulting mbeki and other non-ANC leaders Zuma and his company were quiet cos he was puppy barking at those who tried to derail him(zuma) from doing his job. Juju is being victimised for his objective ideas which do not favour da personal interests of some Anc leaders. But i knw Juju is a strong and resilient man, all these will be history.

      teffumaria - 2012-04-22 12:06

      yes history but malema he shud hv kept quiet coz clearly zuma ws usn hm,let dem bail him out dis tym'malema if u manage to get out of hot water plz dnt u evr fight sumbdy else's war,luk whr u r nw,let me tl u,dey r happy nw,u r strugglng bt God bless hm,oh u dnt use God in polotics neh i 4got

      Pixie86 - 2012-04-22 13:01

      you know the word 'the' is just a three letter word. Using 'de' is very lazy of you and undermines your entire comment

      Musawenkosi - 2012-04-22 14:05


  • Sunil - 2012-04-22 12:00

    Now can I get our refund from the taxman that I have been waiting all of 10 months for?

  • teffumaria - 2012-04-22 12:01

    loll m laugh malema r u relly goin down,5minutes of fame turned to horror,tough luck home boy,R10m tax?cum on man,o dirileng buti?

  • Riaan - 2012-04-22 12:03

    Hope they don't arrest him before he breaks up the Anc, give him more time..

      Pixie86 - 2012-04-22 12:56

      it really doesn't matter if he breaks up the anc. There are other black led parties. Breaking up the anc doesn't mean black people will suddenly vote for the DA.

  • steve.dupreez - 2012-04-22 12:07

    "taxpayers’ affairs are secret" - no it is not, it is confidential. Bit of after the fact advise young Malema...don't f*ck the hand that you bit. It comes back to slap you in the face

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-04-22 12:22

    I agree the whining is too much,action speaks louder than words.

  • zmendela - 2012-04-22 12:30

    Why is all dis cumng up now?? Wr dey w8tng 4 Juju 2 b expelled frm da ANC YL?? If Juju owes SARS so does JZ. Da SARS officials should also mk a Tax review on Jz

      Pixie86 - 2012-04-22 12:52

      what are you talking about? The reason sars investigated his assets was because they found out about his private trust, one he had not been paying taxes on. Why should the president be assessed if he pays his taxes? Have you been following the news?

  • Michael - 2012-04-22 12:32

    A little advice for Julius and his cronies; the crows always come home to roost. What ever you have done wrong will come back and bite you.

  • Bruce - 2012-04-22 12:41

    politics, one moment your in another moment your out. Im starting to hate this game

  • lytteot7 - 2012-04-22 12:45

    \When they(ANC) done with us, they are coming for you(media)\-Malema. That's the truth and when they are done, the media will never get to expose corrupt officials like Malema. I will rather have Malema owing tax than having media under tyranny control at the end of the day sars and other law enforcement agencies will catch up with the likes of Malema. Malema is just a small fish, the threat is the zuma and his followers. Celebrating Malema's down fall is useless because we still have the same ineffective government. I'll rather celebrate majority's mind set and attitude when it comes to teaching political parties who are the real bosses. Proper government equates to better judiciary, police and effective service delivery then that will automatically get rid of the likes of Malema and eastern european gangsters flooding the cape. The only solution is for the people to dictate to political parties during elections. One party that dominates will never ever be good for democracy we need competition. If ANC loses next elections, they will make sure next time they govern they do a proper job.

  • sbongezulu - 2012-04-22 12:48

    What goes around comes around, watch the space...

  • Ruan - 2012-04-22 12:49

    ...why is the mallema-guy getting so much attention in the he supposed to be another mandela ?