Expelled ANC Leader Malema Told to Pay $1.9 Million in Tax Probe

Julius Malema, expelled as a youth leader from South Africa’s ruling African National Congress, was ordered to pay about 16 million rand ($1.9 million) by a court this month, according to the country’s revenue service.

The court ruling was confirmed today by Marika Muller, a Pretoria-based spokeswoman at the South African Revenue Service.

The police service’s Hawks anti-corruption unit issued a warrant for Malema’s arrest, his lawyer Nicqui Galaktiou of Brian Kahn Attorneys in Johannesburg said in an interview on Sept. 21. “We still do not have confirmation of the charges,” Galaktiou said today in a mobile phone text message.

Malema, 31, was expelled from the ANC in March for sowing divisions in the party and damaging its reputation. Since then he has lobbied for the ousting of South African President Jacob Zuma from his position in the ruling party. The ANC will hold a conference with elections in December. Malema criticized Zuma and the ANC after mining strikes that led to violence in the past month while calling for more walkouts and nationalization.

“We are arranging with the National Prosecuting Authority for Mr Malema to appear in court” in Polokwane next week, Galaktiou said Sept. 21. Malema will appear in the regional court on Sept. 26, the Johannesburg-based City Press newspaper reported today, without saying where it got the information.

To contact the reporter on this story: Carli Cooke in Johannesburg at clourens@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: John Viljoen at jviljoen@bloomberg.net

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