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EFF throws its weight behind Malema

The party says it will challenge Julius Malema's provisional sequestration on two fronts.

FILE: Julius Malema announces the formation of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) on 11 July 2013. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) says it will support its leader Julius Malema when challenging the provisional sequestration order against him.

On Monday, the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria placed Malema under provisional sequestration.

He now has until May to provide reasons why this should not be made a final order.

Judge Bill Prinsloo found that Malema's debt to the South African Revenue Service (Sars) rendered him insolvent and even if all his assets were sold, he would still be unable to pay what was due.

The setback has been labelled a potential game-changer for his political career.

EFF national co-ordinator Mpho Ramakatsa says the party will challenge Malema's sequestration on two fronts.

First, the party plans to have Malema's admission of tax liability overturned.

Ramakatsa says the EFF leader was tricked into signing that admission by Sars officials.

He says the party will also argue the order should not be made final because he has a pending criminal case against him in Polokwane.

But both these arguments were dismissed by the court on Monday when Malema attempted to have the provisional sequestration postponed.

The party's Dali Mpofu is confident these arguments will, however, be successful because he says there is a different yardstick considered when imposing a final order.

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