SARS silent on Malema assets swoop
The SA Revenue Service would say nothing yesterday about reports that axed ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema's assets had been seized.
This is the latest in a string of woes that Malema is facing.
He is facing criminal charges in Polokwane for a number of dodgy dealings involving state contracts.
Trade union Solidarity last month laid a charge of incitement against him, alleging that his speeches at mines had led to violence.
Now SARS has come knocking - for R16-million in unpaid taxes, interest and penalties.
The tax-collector won a judgment against Malema in the Pretoria High Court last month that allowed it to seize his property.
Though SARS spokesman Adrian Lackay would not confirm it, The Sunday Independent, quoting three unnamed sources,reported yesterday that sheriffs of the Pretoria court attached assets at Malema's Flora Park, Polokwane and Sandown homes.
The attachment prevents Malema from disposing of his property until his tax bill is settled.
Malema, his business partner, Lesiba Gwangwa, and other Limpopo businessmen appeared in the Polokwane regional court on the criminal charges last month.
Malema has said that the charges against him are politically motivated because of his opposition to President Jacob Zuma, whom he wants replaced as ANC president.