CAPE TOWN, November 5 – Lobby group AfriForum said on Sunday it has obtained a court warrant to seize movable assets of Julius Malema, leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), and of the EFF over a row on land reform.
The assets will be used to pay an amount of more than 337,758 rand (about 23,300 U.S. dollars) owed to AfriForum by Malema in his personal capacity, and the EFF as party, said AfriForum CEO Kallie Kriel.
The warrant was issued by the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Nov. 1, Kriel said. The warrant will now be sent to the sheriff concerned for the latter to identify and record movable assets of Malema and the EFF, in order for the assets to be sold by public auction, said Kriel.
Malema and the EFF owe AfriForum this amount, due to the North Gauteng High Court issuing two cost orders against Malema and the EFF in favour of AfriForum since March 2017. Malema and the EFF had disregarded the court’s orders to pay the legal fees of AfriForum, resulting in AfriForum now obtaining this warrant to seize their assets, according to Kriel.
The cost orders stem from a lawsuit brought by AfriForum against Malema and the EFF to obtain an interdict to prevent them from inciting people to grab or enter land illegally. Malema and the EFF have staunchly advocated for land seizures from white farmers. On March 7, 2017, the North Gauteng High Court ruled in AfriForum’s favour and granted the interdict, upon which Malema and the EFF applied for the interdict to be set aside.
This application was scheduled to be heard on Sept. 12, 2017, but the court had to postpone the case after the documents of argument of Malema and the EFF were filed late. The court, therefore, issued a punitive cost order against Malema and the EFF.
AfriForum is determined to collect the amount due from Malema and the EFF and to use the money in the continuing fight against illegal land grabs and incitement to do so, said AfriForum’s Head of Community Safety Ian Cameron.
“Julius Malema and his party, that encourage violence and anarchy, can be assured that AfriForum will use their money and assets against them in this manner in order to fight for justice,” Cameron said. AfriForum will soon decide which moveable assets of Malema and the EFF will be seized, Kriel said.
The legal row is the latest chapter in the unfolding land reform in the country, amid a heated debate on the government’s drive to enforce land expropriation without compensation. AfriForum has embarked on an international campaign to get the government to stop the controversial land reform. (Xinhua)