Sars: No request for Malema audit

2011-07-19 08:01

Johannesburg - The SA Revenue Service has not received any requests for a tax audit of ANCYL leader Julius Malema, its spokesman said on Tuesday.

"By the close of business yesterday [Monday], we hadn't received anything," said Sars spokesperson Adrian Lackay.

"If we receive a request for an investigation, obviously we will consider it and establish the merits in the claims that the MP will make, and then we will proceed from there."

Democratic Alliance MP Dianne Kohler Barnard said at the weekend that she would write a letter to Sars requesting that Malema be investigated.

This was after the Sunday Independent reported that Malema was building a R16m mansion in Sandown, Johannesburg, while earning a salary of R25 000 per month.

The house would include a secure basement from where he could hide in case of an attack on him.

Malema told The Star newspaper in a report on Tuesday that he would co-operate if Sars decided to probe him.

"Sars conducts lifestyle [audits] on anybody as and when they wish to do that," he told the daily.

But he did not want to comment on the reports that he was planning to build himself a bunker.

"My life and what I do with my house is not a public issue. I am not a public representative," Malema reportedly said.

  • AjAxxxx - 2011-07-19 08:13

    R25 000 x 12 = R300 000 per annum. R16 000 000/300 000 = 53,3 years. Okay, we are coming down hard on this man. Its very possible that he has been saving for 54 years. That is if he did not spend his salary on anything else.

      biskit - 2011-07-19 11:51

      we should all boycott SARS until this thief is audited

  • ShakaN - 2011-07-19 08:15

    I smell another "protection of a comrade" comming on...........

  • paul - 2011-07-19 08:18

    "My life and what I do with my house is not a public issue. I am not a public representative," Malema reportedly said. No....but I don't mind fleecing the public coffers to fund my lifestyle!

  • KAY - 2011-07-19 08:23

    lol....public representative.

  • Werner - 2011-07-19 08:24

    Seriously?! Please give me the institutions' details that gave Julius his loan? I would also like to build myself a mansion...

      Kgomotso - 2011-07-19 11:57

      He is building it cash the Man is loaded. You are poor or indebts no institution will grant you such.

  • guytom - 2011-07-19 08:27

    No comment !!!!

  • verstom - 2011-07-19 08:27

    SARS you are investigating people all the time without "requests", or did you also become a political tool now in the hands of the ANC

  • HowardX - 2011-07-19 08:29

    What rubbish! SARS continuously investigates cases of conspicuous consumption where there doesn't seem to be a matching income. This is why they have the lifestyle section on the income tax return. They do not need to be asked to investigate. Investigating someone who spends R20m on a Sandown house on a R25k salary should be a no-brainer.

      umlaut - 2011-07-19 10:52

      Howardx---they can lose their jobs--and Their houses.

  • Slim_Jan - 2011-07-19 08:32

    OMG! an obvious tax evader but this time they need a request? Surely it is your DUTY!!!

  • code - 2011-07-19 08:32

    If I, with an average income, were to suddenly start building a mansion worth millions, is SARS going to wait for a third party request before investigating me? Somehow I seriously doubt that...

  • grant9 - 2011-07-19 08:33

    So SARS are saying they only invetigate a person if it is reported??? Malema has been in the news for a few years now concerning his mansions, luxury cars an huge bank balance. There is also the recent holiday that he went on that he reportedly paid R78 000 in cash. No, my take is that SARS have been ordered to look the other way.

      umlaut - 2011-07-19 10:50

      Yes or they will lose their jobs--simple. Imagine this guy being a president??????

  • Grunk - 2011-07-19 08:33

    He'll probably lock himself in the cellar and lose the key.

  • Christopher - 2011-07-19 08:35

    I wonder what bank Julius banks with? because maybe I will also be able to get a loan where the monthly repayment exceeds my monthly salary....

  • Ingletor - 2011-07-19 08:37

    How about if I send such a request? :)

  • mosali - 2011-07-19 08:41

    "My life and what I do with my house is not a public issue. I am not a public representative," WHAT ARE YOU THEN?

  • DJI - 2011-07-19 08:43

    Be proactive, it does not take a genius to know that somebody who says he only receives a R25000 salary can not afford to build a R16m house.

      umlaut - 2011-07-19 10:47

      Maybe julius got the frequency wrong--he is getting R25000 per day.

      Kgomotso - 2011-07-19 12:56

      he works for ANC and paid R25000 for the job. He owns and partner of businesses where he makes more money to afford. It does not take a genius to know that

  • Anonymous Thinker - 2011-07-19 08:43

    How much does it cost to buy SARS now a days? They do work for government after all. Wouldn't an independent audit from an outside source be more credible?

  • GT - 2011-07-19 08:43

    Public enough to get police protection. Public enough to get tenders through political connections Public enough to lead national events under the ANC banner Public enough to explain where he gets his millions.

  • realist03 - 2011-07-19 08:44

    Awesome,the signs of a dictator by building himself a bunker,he obviously plans to piss off aloooot more people in times to come.So he builds one house for himself when he could have built 534 RDP homes for his people,niiiiiiiice

  • jacques - 2011-07-19 08:47

    This is going to cause a decline in property value in Sandown - ag shame!

  • JuliusAunt - 2011-07-19 08:47

    I am not a public representative

  • Julia55 - 2011-07-19 08:50

    And his loyal followers starve.......

  • Krush - 2011-07-19 08:50

    I am not a public representative? wha? hahahaha

  • Niren - 2011-07-19 08:51

    It suites Mr Malema as to when he wants to appear as a public figure and when he wants not to.

  • supporter - 2011-07-19 08:59


  • Robschele - 2011-07-19 09:00

    These rumours that Malema is spending a big lot more than what he is reportedly earning are around for a long time allready. Why is SARS not investigating it by their own decision. Must someone first tell them to do their job.

  • Ederik - 2011-07-19 09:02

    But the public has to pay for all that! So it is a public issue!

  • Johan - 2011-07-19 09:09

    "I will take your mine and build myself a decent shelter " - pathetic

  • Garvey - 2011-07-19 09:09

    So why do SARS need a request to trigger an audit. Surely the alarm bells should be ringing at SARS? It is obvious that someting is not right, if this was anybody else from the public SARS would have jumped in long ago. Wake up and smell the roses!!!

  • bigmorgan - 2011-07-19 09:11

    "I am not a public representative" He does not even know what he is. I wish he was not in the public eye anymore. Come on DA - nail him.

  • Hardegat - 2011-07-19 09:15

    So, the DA is making empty promises!? Say it ain't so.

  • madi.gaggia - 2011-07-19 09:16

    "I am not a public representative," Malema reportedly said. Damn right - just a bloody public nuisance!!!!

  • Chini - 2011-07-19 09:17

    Why are SARS waiting for a "invitation" to request an audit for Malema. They should just audit him, cause something smells fishy: Salary R25000 per month with a wallet that never runs dry.......

  • Galen - 2011-07-19 09:20

    I like to see his little basement hideout protect it from a JDAM strike. Man I would relish in it!!

  • Phil K - 2011-07-19 09:21

    Dear people of SARS. Herewith I would like to request an Audit of Mr. Julius Malema. Regards. Phil.

      Wizard101 - 2011-07-19 10:16

      I second you on that!! Phil for SARS president

  • Mack Oscar - 2011-07-19 09:21

    Once again Kohler Barnard opens her big mouth but does nothing. She should join the ANC, she would fit right in!

  • ray - 2011-07-19 09:22

    If you or I were the subject of the article,SARS would be onto us in a flash.Since when does SARS require a request for investigation.This is the same excuse used by SAPS.

  • johan - 2011-07-19 09:24


      Kevin - 2011-07-19 10:26

      Cash is not easy to trace . He just paid R78000 cash at a spa. For a guy who hates white bosses he sure likes all thr trappings the West has.

  • jacques.esterhuizen - 2011-07-19 09:25

    Malema has been involved with tenders since day one. Everyone, including the president knows that. I doubt that SARS will be able to do anything to him if they find any irregularities. This will yet again just be swept under the carpet, and Malema will rise again as the representative of the poor. I wish he can get one of his own construction companies to build his new underground bunker for his new house, so the whole thing can collapse on him, just like the over priced jobs he did for the rural communities collapsed.

      unrealchris - 2011-07-19 12:00

      SARS is very quick to come after the average business man or woman, but I'm 100% sure that they will NEVER even try and audit this boy idiot

  • Norman DePluhm - 2011-07-19 09:25

    "My life and what I do with my house is not a public issue. I am not a public representative," Malema reportedly said. WAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

  • Morne Loubser - 2011-07-19 09:31


  • Geoffrey - 2011-07-19 09:36

    He is a politician, and therefore a public figure. If he is not a public figure, why is he trying to rally support for mine nationalisation? It's time for him to take some responsibility - either shut up, or actually be a politician answerable to the public.

      Nuck Choris - 2011-07-19 10:52

      I think his security is paid by the state. Therefore he is now answerable to the state salary payers. ie you and me, that is.

  • NewRadical - 2011-07-19 09:37

    Gaddafi also has a bunker.

  • NewRadical - 2011-07-19 09:37

    As did Hitler.

  • KGB007 - 2011-07-19 09:45

    This boy is a big joke.

      016HAJIRA LING - 2011-07-19 11:49

      the boy and his followers

      grant9 - 2011-07-20 03:57

      A joke??? I'm crying not laughing :-)

  • Franswa - 2011-07-19 09:45

    audit the goldmine shares he has with the Zuma-family

  • Totman - 2011-07-19 09:47

    SARS if you read of me, if I was a public person, in the papers doing the same, will you also wait till it is time for my tax return to see if I could afford it and than investigate? If so I agree that you must wait for a special request. If not, than you should investigate and if guilty take action and if not declare it. You should have all the info in the system telling you if it is possible for that person. The fact that he told us, the public, that he only live on an x amount does not make him guilty with the receiver if he got paid more as long as he was paying taxes. It only makes him a liar with us, the public. However your mandate is to collect taxes fairly and if that mandate is in question you should act to clear your and the individual's name because it became a public concern. Therefore, being a public serving institution you should make a relevant public statement at least showing that you fulfill your mandate given by the state.[better known as us the public] Doing this can clear the name of a citizen and or shown that you do what what your mandate instruct by collecting taxes fairly according to the law. Awaiting your response. Another citizen and tax payer.

  • Waheed - 2011-07-19 09:49

    Request? Hadn't the DA made this request via the media. I suppose because they probably did not go through the proper channels (SABC?) that their request was ignored. Aren't there analysts that identify tax evaders that require auditing? Or are these ANC fatcats above the law? Seems that way sadly.

      DJI - 2011-07-19 10:18

      Waheed, I posted a comment earlier but was deleted by news24, all it said was, be proactive, it does not take a genius to know something is going on when a person saying he earns R25000 pm can build a R16m house.

      2c - 2011-07-19 10:22

      I have been audidted 3x in the last years by SARS without anyone requesting them to do so. SARS audits many citizens randomly or if they claim back from them. Why can't they do that with the fat cats. I say it is just an excuse. I wonder why they don't want to stir, are the scared they may find skeletons in many a public figure or politicians money closet?

      DJI - 2011-07-19 10:26

      Why is my comments being deleted here, Waheed, I agree 100%

      Action - 2011-07-19 10:33

      The DA seem to have been all word and no action in this regard. SARS make it easy to submit fraudelent/suspicious activity:

      Tolerant - 2011-07-19 12:47

      The DA said they are going to write a letter, we hope they do it quickly.

  • whatno - 2011-07-19 09:51

    What does he call his role as the ANCYL president then, is thatnot a public rep role? I am so curious, that report would make one interesting read. Imagine the cash he is also flashing. Makes one wonder indeed

  • umlaut - 2011-07-19 09:53

    So this is the man that promised to 'share' the wealth of the country with all his supporters? Is he going to fit 5 mil supporters into that 'little' house?---or is this the first of the mansions he is going to build for each and every supporter.? To get a loan from a bank for 16 mil you have to get say... R170000 per month,(and to pay for that kind of life style) or is he paying cash for all this.? If Winnie is paying for it he has to declare the money he has received in kind, or is it a payment from somebody for 'services' rendered, maybe organising a contract or tender or good land deal?. There are too many questions, but then Sars can probably be bluffed by secret information and important contacts, not to take action. They will say .."ALL SEEMS TO BE IN ORDER" and no one will know what is going on. Maybe the anc paid him the money to keep his mouth shut for 2 years and then he gets another 16 mil. Maybe he is already 'above' the law or he hides all transactions behind the front of a nephew or friend.? For a guy who failed woodwork and barely made it through school, this amount of cash under his control is remarkable and better than what many professional people can muster. If he is paying cash for this project then all the people involved in the project will also be paid cash--maybe they can also be checked out by Sars if they do actually declare this income. If he paid R76000 cash for a stay at a lodge the other day then he seems to be in excellent financial state.

      Virginia - 2011-07-19 10:26

      Mandla their are not many rich whites in this country, they are bleeding them dry so that people like Malema can buid his fortune on the backs of the whites. You should be more worried about you own wealth and whats going to happen to you in the future, its time your Black people realised that the wgite nation is not your enemy and not stealing from you, your government is, sit down with some knowledgeable people sometime and let them explain to you about people like Malem and the rest of the 40 thieves.

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