EFF pays AfriForum thou­sands; averts auc­tion­ing of party’s as­sets

The Mercury - - NATION - MAYIBONGWE MAQHINA [email protected]

AFRIFORUM yes­ter­day claimed that Julius Malema and the EFF made a pay­ment of more than R100 000 last week to­wards two of the five cost or­ders the civil rights or­gan­i­sa­tion had ob­tained against them.

The pay­ment, amount­ing to R108 960 was the sec­ond fol­low­ing an­other to­talling R126 703 paid on Novem­ber 13 last year.

The lat­est pay­ment brought the amount paid to some R235 000 of the cost or­ders es­ti­mated at R550 000 – the party still has to pay R315 000.

The EFF could not be reached for com­ment. AfriForum said that be­cause of the two pay­ments that it has al­ready re­ceived from Malema and the EFF, it would not go ahead with sell­ing at auc­tion the EFF’s as­sets – which the Sher­iff has al­ready seized – be­fore the le­gal pro­cesses of the three out­stand­ing cost or­ders have been fi­nalised.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Kal­lie Kriel said AfriForum wel­comed the fur­ther pay­ment by Malema and the EFF.

“AfriForum will use Malema and the EFF’s pay­ments in our court bat­tles to fight at­tempts to change the coun­try’s Con­sti­tu­tion to al­low for ex­pro­pri­a­tion with­out com­pen­sa­tion,” Kriel said. The two pay­ments that Malema and the EFF made to AfriForum last Thurs­day and on Novem­ber 13 were to set­tle cost or­ders is­sued on Septem­ber 12, 2017, and Fe­bru­ary 18 last year.

Malema and the EFF are ap­peal­ing against the in­ter­dict that AfriForum ob­tained against them on March 7, 2017, while the two cost or­ders of Novem­ber 14 last year must still be taxed.

The five cost or­ders stem from the court case that AfriForum brought against Malema and the EFF last year for an in­ter­dict to pre­vent them from in­cit­ing peo­ple to oc­cupy land il­le­gally. The Gaut­eng High Court, Pre­to­ria, found in AfriForum’s favour on March 7, 2017, and granted the in­ter­dict with costs.

Malema and the EFF brought an ap­pli­ca­tion to have the in­ter­dict set aside, which would have been heard on Septem­ber 12, 2017.

How­ever, the court had to post­pone the case after Malema and the EFF sub­mit­ted their heads of ar­gu­ment in their own case too late.

The judge con­se­quently granted a puni­tive cost or­der against Malema and the EFF.

When the case re­sumed on Fe­bru­ary 18 last year, Malema and the EFF’s le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tives failed to ap­pear, and the case was set­tled in AfriForum’s favour and a fur­ther cost or­der is­sued against Malema and the EFF.

AfriForum said one of the paid or­ders re­lated to a case of con­tempt of court brought by AfriForum after Malema and the EFF con­tin­ued to en­cour­age land grabs de­spite a stand­ing in­ter­dict that AfriForum had ob­tained to pro­hibit them from in­cit­ing peo­ple to oc­cupy land.

“Malema and the EFF’s le­gal team failed to sub­mit their heads of ar­gu­ment in time, in­cur­ring yet an­other cost or­der against them.”

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