Civil rights group AfriForum will institute legal proceedings to seize Economic Freedom Fighters assets if the party does not pay outstanding court orders on costs this week.
AfriForum CEO Kallie Kriel said on Sunday they placed the EFF and its leader Julius Malema on terms to pay a further R109,098.30 before this coming Friday for an outstanding court order on costs.
Should the money not be paid by then, they would again start a process to seize their assets. This money pertained to the order on costs which AfriForum obtained against the EFF and Malema on November 14, 2018, after the EFF and Malema’s attempt to obtain an urgent court order to prevent AfriForum from removing the EFF’s property and auctioning it off failed. This legal bill had since been taxed and therefore AfriForum could now enforce the payment thereof.
A string of court orders.
The court order was one of five orders that AfriForum had obtained against Malema and the EFF to date. Of the five costs orders, Malema and the EFF had paid two, amounting to R235,000. With the payment of this enforceable third order, two more orders would be outstanding.
Court Order 1
Dates back to March 2017, when AfriForum was granted an interdict which prohibited the EFF from inciting people to illegally occupy or trespass on land.
The High Court in Pretoria granted AfriForum’s interdict with costs.
Malema and the EFF then 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 his party failed to submit their heads of argument in their own case in time. The judge subsequently granted punitive costs order against them.
Court Order 2
When the case resumed on February 18, 2018, Malema and the EFF’s legal representatives failed to appear and the case was settled in AfriForum’s favour and a further costs order was issued against Malema and the EFF.
Court Order 3 and 4
On November 14, 2018, the other two costs orders against them were issued in AfriForum’s favour in two separate cases in the High Court in Pretoria.
The first order applied to a case of contempt of court 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 again failed to submit their heads of argument in time, which meant that the case would have to be heard at a later date. With this, they incurred yet another costs order against them.
Court Order 5
In the second case, the EFF and Malema attempted to obtain an urgent court order to prevent AfriForum from removing and selling their property at an auction to recover legal costs. The court ruled that the case was not urgent and issued a fifth costs order against them.
Kriel said AfriForum would use the money for legal proceedings to oppose attempts to amend the country’s Constitution to legalise expropriation of land without compensation.
"We will fight Malema and the EFF with their own money," said Kriel.