S.Africa: Malema’s political life at risk?

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Aug 13th, 2013
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Julius Malema will face a sequestration hearing in September that could stonewall his political career, according to a report on Tuesday.

Julius Malema appears in the Polokwane Regional Court in Limpopo on 26 September 2012. Sapa

Julius Malema appears in the Polokwane Regional Court in Limpopo on 26 September 2012. Sapa

The Star newspaper reported that Sars would conduct the hearing, which related to the Economic Freedom Fighters leader’s R16-million tax case, in Pretoria in September.

The newspaper said that if a sequestration order were granted, the former ANCYL leader would be barred from holding public office or serving as a company director. It even added that Malema wouldn’t be able to open a simple bank account.

The Star said that a curator would have to be appointed to manage Malema’s bank accounts.

The newspaper’s source at Sars said that Malema could only escape the order should a Good Samaritan bail him out.

“I think it’s scheduled for a date in September. That he will be sequestrated I have no doubt, unless somebody was to pay for him,” the source told The Star.

“There are a lot of people who will raise their hands, but the difficulty is that no one will want to be seen to be bailing him out because, if it’s a loan, Sars will want to know how it will be repaid. If it’s a donation, the person will have to pay a donation tax.”

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