Malema’s belongings to be auctioned

Ordinary citizens will have their chance to bid for Julius Malema's personal belongings on Friday. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Ordinary citizens will have a chance to bid for Julius Malema's personal belongings on Friday.

The South African Revenue Service (Sars) will auction the former ANC Youth League leader’s luxury items to pay the more than R16 million he owes the taxman.

Earlier in February, Malema's cars, two properties and valuables were taken this week to help repay his tax debt.

Legal documents submitted by Sars claim Malema has owed tax since 2005, when he started to receive a salary, but did not pay any tax on it.

It appears the Ratanang Family Trust, which the ANC renegade controls, started to receive large amounts of money from a small group of people and entities.

Court documents referred to discrepancies in his explanations of where those amounts came from.

Malema first claimed the payments were donations, but then conceded they were the distribution of earnings.

Sars has also said Malema used the money from that trust for his own personal expenses.

Earlier this year, his proposal to pay R4 million to settle his tax liability was rejected, when Sars applied for the seizure of Malema’s estate

The taxman first advised him his tax affairs were not in order in 2009.

The auction will take place at the sheriff's office on Polokwane at 11am.