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EFF must pay R109,000 to prevent assets being seized: AfriForum

EFF leader Julius Malema at a press briefing in Johannesburg. File photo.
EFF leader Julius Malema at a press briefing in Johannesburg. File photo.
Image: Thulani Mbele/Sowetan

AfriForum has given the EFF and its leader Julius Malema a week to pay the civil rights group R109,000 or face legal action to have the party’s assets seized.

The money relates to one of five cost orders awarded against the red berets by the courts.

AfriForum CEO Kallie Kriel said in a statement on Sunday that the EFF and Malema had been placed on terms to pay R109,000 before this coming Friday.

“Should the money not be paid by then, AfriForum will start a process again to seize the EFF’s assets. This money pertains to the order as to costs which AfriForum obtained against the EFF and Malema on November 14 2018 after the EFF and Malema’s attempt to obtain an urgent court order – to prevent AfriForum from removing the EFF’s property and auctioning it off – failed.

“This legal bill has since been taxed and therefore AfriForum can now enforce the payment thereof.”

Kriel said the EFF had already paid two of the cost orders, amounting to R235,000, out of the five awarded.

“With the payment of this enforceable third order two more orders will be outstanding. The enforcement of last mentioned is being held back because one must still be taxed and the EFF appealed against another one. It is estimated that the total of the five orders as to cost amounts to about R550 000.”

Kriel said the money would be used for legal fees against attempts to amend the country’s constitution to make expropriation without compensation possible. “We will fight Malema and the EFF with their own money,” he said.

The five cost orders stem from court battles since March 2017, where AfriForum was granted an interdict with costs, prohibiting the party from inciting people to illegally occupy or trespass on land, by the Northern Gauteng High Court. The EFF brought an application to have the interdict set aside but the case was postponed, said Kriel, when the EFF submitted their heads of argument late.

“The judge subsequently granted a punitive cost order against Malema and the EFF. When the case resumed on February 18 2018, Malema and the EFF’s legal representatives failed to appear and the case was settled in AfriForum’s favour and a further cost order issued against Malema and the EFF.”

The other two cost orders against the EFF were issued in AfriForum’s favour in two separate cases in the North Gauteng High Court.

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