Sars drops sequestration application against Malema

The revenue service was applying to have the political leader’s sequestration declared final.

FILE: EFF leader Julius Malema. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - In a surprise turn of events, South African revenue Service (Sars) has withdrawn its sequestration application for Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema.

The revenue service was applying to have the political leader's sequestration declared final.

Just hours after counsel for Sars launched its application against him it informed the court that it was withdrawing the matter because of a lack of evidence.

Hundreds of people gathered in the Pretoria inner city to show their support for Malema.

When Malema and his entourage returned to the court after a break, counsel for Sars told Judge Gregory Wright that they were withdrawing the application.

But Wright questioned why Sars was pursuing a sequestration when the settlement agreement of last year indicated that it could not recover any more money from Malema.

Malema had earlier told hundreds of cheering supporters that Sars was waging a political battle against him and that he has paid his dues.

He says the revenue service has taken everything from him.

The EFF says a decision to withdraw the case because of a lack of evidence supports its claim that Sars is pushing a political agenda.

This is a claim the revenue service has consistently denied.

Sars had argued that Malema did not make full disclosure of his assets and income, which is why he was slapped with additional tax and penalties.

Malema has denied he was dishonest, adding that because he has paid back the money it is now for President Jacob Zuma to do the same.

Earlier, the judge dismissed an application by the EFF to join in the application, finding that they had submitted their court papers too late.