- AfriForum will once again head to court to ask that the EFF leader be put behind bars for 6 months
- The lobby group will also ask the court to fine the EFF R500 000 for ignoring a court order
- The lobby group first went to court to stop the EFF from inciting illegal land invasion
On Wednesday, AfriForum will ask the Pretoria High Court to put the EFF leader, Julius Malema, behind bars for six months and fine the party R500 000 for ignoring a court order, which interdicts the EFF from inciting illegal land invasions.
Kallie Kriel, AfriForum’s chief executive officer, said the lobby group will go ahead with its application for contempt of court. In February, AfriForum got a final interdict against Malema, as well as the EFF, to stop the party from motivating citizens to illegally invade land, which was ignored by the EFF.
Briefly.co.za reported on Tuesday that Kriel shared a screengrab of AfriForum's bank notifying them that a payment of R126,703.59 was made into their account.
The Citizen reports that the political party and its leader paid back half of what was initially demanded by AfriForum.
It's believed the EFF offered to pay the legal fees when they party did not file its court papers in time. The papers were to have the interim land invasion order set aside.
At the time, the court gave the EFF permission to postpone the application, but ordered the party and Malema to pay the costs.
In February, when the application was dismissed, the court ordered it be dismissed with costs.
Since March 2017, the court granted three costs orders, amounting to R330 000 against the EFF and Malema.
Earlier in November, Briefly.co.za reported that AfriForum handed in a warrant to seize the movable assets of EFF leader Julius Malema, as well as the EFF, at the Pretoria High Court.
Maroela Media reported at the time that the warrant would be sent to the relevant sheriff who will take note of the EFF and Malema's assets, with the aim of selling it at a public auction.
The sheriff of the high court has since compiled a complete inventory of the assets at the EFF’s head office in Johannesburg.
According to Kriel, the EFF paid the amount the party could not challenge in court. However, the lobby group believes the EFF will now challenge the other two cost orders against it, as well as oppose the contempt of court application.
Meanwhile, the EFF was yet again late to file court papers in its contempt application. Again, the court will most likely be asked to postpone the application, as well as offer to pay the costs.
Kriel believes the EFF is trying to prevent their assets being publicly auctioned.
"We are not concerned about their applications because we are confident that we have a strong case. We’ve already received an instalment, which we will put aside to fight the EFF because they’re continuing with land invasions, so in effect we will fight them with their own money.”
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