Malema, EFF pay legal costs to AfriForum
AFRIFORUM has scored yet another victory against Julius Malema and the EFF.
This after the pair last week made a payment of more than R100 000 towards two of the five cost orders the civil rights organisation had obtained against them.
The payment, amounting to R108 960.79, was the second following another totalling R126 703.59 paid on November 13 last year.
The latest payment brought the amount paid to R235000 of the cost orders estimated at R550000, and the party still has to pay R315000.
In a statement, AfriForum said that because of the two payments that AfriForum 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 they welcomed the further payment.
“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 the expropriation of land without compensation,” Kriel said.
The two payments that Malema and the EFF made to AfriForum last Thursday, and on November13, were to settle cost orders that had been issued on September 12, 2017, and February18, 2018, respectively.
Malema and the EFF were 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, AfriForum said.
The five cost orders stem from the court case that AfriForum brought against Malema and the EFF last year to obtain an interdict to prevent them from inciting people to occupy land illegally.
The Northern Gauteng High Court found in AfriForum’s favour on March 7, 2017, and granted the interdict with costs.
Malema and the EFF then brought an application to have the interdict set aside, which would have been heard on September12, 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 February18 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 was issued against Malema and the EFF.
AfriForum will use the money to fight the expropriation of land without compensation
Kallie Kriel AfriForum chief executive