11 February 2014

South Africa: Malema's Provisional Headache


Julius Malema and his Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) turned the fact that they are cash-strapped into a political advantage. But after a court ruling on Monday that saw him provisionally sequestrated, Malema's political ambitions may be legally stunted.

While he'll be able to run for Parliament, it is anyone's guess how long he'll be allowed to remain there. Unless, of course, he manages to find a way out. By GREG NICOLSON.

"Provisional" is the word that might provisionally have saved Malema's political ambitions on Monday. Since launching EFF last year, Malema's overcome a number of hurdles on the road to Parliament.

"We are not going to prison, we are going to Parliament!" he declared outside a Polokwane court last year, when trial over charges he illegally benefited from a fraudulent and corrupt tender was postponed until September 2014.

The firebrand leader accuses the ANC government of engineering the accusations against him and has vowed to fight them. However, the taxman is his more immediate worry.

The SA Revenue Service (SARS) brought Malema to the North Gauteng High Court over unpaid taxes between 2005 and 2011. After the EFF leader made public comments about the institution, SARS last August invoked a ...

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