Ramaphosa issues stern warning to tax evaders

The deputy president says tax evasion isn't only a crime against the state, but against the people of SA.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: Sapa.

CAPE TOWN - Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has warned that tax evasion will not be tolerated in South Africa.

Ramaphosa was answering questions in the National Council of Provinces this afternoon.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF)'s Julius Malema is facing sequestration if he cannot pay about R18 million in taxes.

Ramaphosa said anybody who knows about tax evasion must report it to the authorities.

"Tax evasion isn't only a crime against the state but also a crime against the people of our country."

He said steps need to be taken against tax evaders.

"It's a practice we want to discourage and root out of our politics."

Malema has until 1 December to pay back an outstanding amount of R4 million to the South African Revenue Service or face sequestration.

The controversial politician appeared in the High Court in Pretoria on Monday, where his tax sequestration matter was extended once again.

The EFF leader said after his assets were auctioned off, he was left with a shortfall of R4 million, which he is paying off in instalments.

Malema added that now that he is settled with the state, he expects President Jacob Zuma to also 'pay back the money' spent on upgrades to his Nkandla home.