AfriForum was granted two cost orders against the EFF in separate cases. On Wednesday, the High Court in Pretoria granted the orders. Since March last year, AfriForum was granted five cost orders against the EFF and its leader, Julius Malema.
In the first case, the lobby group won a contempt of court case against the EFF, when the court granted it an interdict that AfriForum previously obtained to prevent the EFF from inciting illegal land invasion.
According to TimesLIVE, the EFF and Malema's lawyers failed to hand in court papers in time, which lead to the case being postponed.
On 7 March 2017, the high court made the cost ruling against the EFF.
In the second court case, the red berets attempted to interdict the lobby group from removing their movable assets to auction it.
AfriForum said Judge Johan Louw ruled the case was not urgent. Louw then granted yet another cost order against Malema and the EFF.
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. The warrant was granted.
This is to cover a debt of R337 758 that Malema and the political party personally owes AfriForum.
According to the chief executive officer of AfriForum, Kallie Kriel, the five cost orders come to about R550 000 if combined.
Kriel said he believes Malema and the EFF are abusing the legal system. Kriel believed they're trying to evade responsibility for their own illegal actions.
The EFF and Julius Malema paid back a part of the money owed to them. This came after a court ordered them to pay and they decided to obey the order rather than fight against it. Kriel shared a screengrab of AfriForum's bank notifying them that a payment of R126,703.59 was made into their account.
“Malema and the EFF’s attempts to be above the law turned against them, while the money that they now owe AfriForum will be used to fight expropriation without compensation and land grabs in court.”
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