Taxman serves R10m bill on Malema

2012-04-22 14:26

Johannesburg - Suspended ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema has been served with a tax bill of more than R10m.

At the same time, Malema hit out at his detractors, saying they have “unleashed all state agencies against me because they want to silence me”.

Speaking outside his house in Flora Park, Polokwane on Saturday, Malema said if anybody wanted to arrest him “they know my address”.

The South African Revenue Service (Sars) has added to Malema’s woes by demanding more than R10m in taxes from him – apparently related to the millions deposited into his Ratanang Family Trust.

Malema is likely to be kicked out of the ANC this week for ill-discipline.

Malema initially reacted with shock when City Press approached him for comment, saying via SMS: “What? That’s not possible.”

But later he again replied via SMS, saying his accountant said the amount owed to Sars was R120m. He added: “We prefer to (deal) with Sars directly, not through City Press.”

It is not clear how he got to the figure of R120m, or whether he was joking.

Soon afterwards, his lawyer, Nicqui Galaktiou, sent the following message: “Disclosure of Mr Malema’s private affairs with Sars is a violation of his right to privacy.”

She also said publishing private tax information was a criminal offence “and breaks the sanctity between a taxpayer and Sars”.

City Press understands that the more than R10m he owes Sars includes penalties. Money owed in an assessment usually emanates from income that was not declared or not fully declared.

Three independent sources confirmed Malema’s tax troubles.

City Press reported last month that in 2010 alone, R3m was paid into the trust by different people.

The league’s officials said in a statement in July last year if there was any wrongdoing on the part of the trust, Malema “is open and ready for investigations by Sars, and any other law enforcement agencies”.

It is believed Malema will object to the Sars assessment. He could then approach a tax court or appeal against the finding in a high court.

At this point, his tax affairs would become public. If this appeal is turned down, he would have to pay up or have his assets attached.

Sars spokesperson Adrian Lackay could not comment, saying taxpayers’ affairs are secret.

 - City Press

  • derekneilmaclachlan - 2012-04-22 16:43

    Judging on his expulsion from the ANCYL and how many objections he lodged, you can bet your bottom dollar he will appeal and appeal.....I DONT long as my tax money is not paying for it.......MALEMA.....THE SEQUEL.....(PART 1)

      bmakwakwa - 2012-09-25 15:13

      It is very touching what you are going through Mr Malema.Just remember that it said tough times never last but tough people do.Bishop J Makwakwa.

  • George - 2012-04-22 17:42

    I also thought personal tax affairs are confidential. What gives the media the right to intrude, no matter who the person. Will they be prosecuted?

      louis.langenhoven - 2012-04-22 19:48

      go tell that to Harry Redknapp

      alansmartSnr - 2012-04-22 22:06

      Once it's public domain..meaning it is known to a third party, they can publish anything they want to, as long as it has been confirmed and true.

  • Zenzele - 2012-04-22 19:42

    This is only a start, this rogue must only blame himself.maybe his mentor mugabe will come to his rescue with stollen diamonds!!!!!

  • Zahir - 2012-04-22 20:57

    Only 10 million there must be more keep digging for the tryst fund millions

  • Gerald - 2012-04-22 23:28

    I will die for the poor my foot. You cant even contribute their RDP money. As if thats not enough, when we pay it, you take it all with yr stupid tenders. Cockroach.

      katlego.murphy1 - 2013-01-31 21:21

      'em haters wont stop braging hey!

  • lithemba.m.makasi - 2012-04-23 08:20

    Ziyabuya izitya juju. Lol

  • Ridwan - 2012-04-23 08:35

    How the mighty have fallen!

  • tebogosuemeyong - 2012-04-23 09:42

    lets take the Person out of the equation for a second here. If city Press can get hold of Malema's taxes which are supposed to be confidential for every citizen, how safe are our records at Sars? Malema must pay his dues no doubt. but how did city press get this information

  • Patricia - 2012-04-23 10:29

    The most amazing thing about this story is that despite RICA/FICA that SARS is unable to find all these crooks be it Malema, Mduli, Shabanga, et al. It constantly hides behind tax affairs are secret and when investigative journalism slaps them in the face with corruption they wring their hands. There is constant transgressions of the PFMA but not one single entity be it SARS, NPA, SAPS, SIU, Auditor-General has the balls to do the right thing. However for Joe Public is he gets R10 desposited in his bank account he is thrown into jail first and then has to prove his innocence. This country and the responsible authorities are disgusting and should hang their heads in shame. You are destroying your childrens future.

  • Jay - 2012-04-23 12:19

    EISH JUJU, It does not matter who is trying to SILENCE YOU. It is your Democratic Right to behave as a LOUD MOUTH. But at least PAY YOUR TAXES, especially the UN PAID ones too. It is a process of ECONOMIC FREE-DOM, you Moron. I Rest My Case.....

  • alan.erwin1 - 2012-04-23 14:19

    Short change to Malema, he will pay with his credit card no doubt. I just wish he could taste prison food.

  • Etienne - 2012-04-23 19:39

    How the hell do you get millions paid into a trust for doing nothing. Eish Julius, your golden spoon is biiigggg!

      Kwanele - 2012-04-25 00:07

      My ques for 1 what qualifications doez he have\r\n 2 wht he knowz about acconomic free-\r\n Dom he demolished a 3m house to build\r\n 16m tripple which means he throwing \r\n The money away???!! \r\n He is just using young poor youth\r\n To boost his eago to remain prez of \r\n Uth league but now he is a tax dodger\r\n\r\n\r\n What kind of lida is he if he cant pay the\r\n\r\n Tax?\r\nI think the youth of day shuold stop following some kind \r\nCriminal but Fucus on Education coz its tough \r\nWithout Education.

  • langton.mugunzva - 2012-05-31 15:33

    sars yaita cash for sure. i wonder if ever it will be collected

  • moloko.maoto - 2012-09-25 14:44

    We hope the law will take its full course.

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