Malema's sequestration order extended to December

PRETORIA – The provisional sequestration order against Economic Freedom Fighters’ leader Julius Malema regarding his outstanding tax bill has been extended to December 1, a clerk in the High Court in Pretoria said on Monday.

Media were waiting outside the High Court in Pretoria on Monday morning ahead of Economic Freedom Fighters’ leader Julius Malema’s appearance regarding his sequestration order.

In May, Malema’s provisional sequestration was extended and the matter was postponed.

Malema has previously admitted he had not attended to his tax affairs the way the law required. According to court papers, Malema owed the SA Revenue Service R16 million, plus interest, after failing to submit tax returns between 2006 and 2010.

In February, Judge Bill Prinsloo ordered that Malema’s estate be provisionally sequestrated.

A final sequestration order would affect Malema’s political career, as he would no longer be allowed to serve as a Member of Parliament.

Last week Parliament was adjourned after the EFF began chanting “pay back the money” and demanding that President Jacob Zuma be more forthcoming when answering their question on when he was going to pay back a portion of the money spent on security upgrades to his home in Nkandla, as recommended by the public protector.