According to Julius Malema, the demand for South African land has begun, and tax education should be addressed. Recently Malema was placed under sequestration and the court extended the date of the sequestration hearing to December 2014. In the meantime, Malema must start paying back taxes owed to the South African Revenue Services (SARS) and has reached an agreement to do so.
Malema said tax laws are not known to black people, and many are indebted to SARS directly because they do not have an understanding of the system. Malema pointed out that many African National Congress (ANC) party members, including members of parliament were beholden to pay SARS and most ordinary citizens of the country had issues with SARS.
Malema has made no attempt to hide the fact that he owes SARS R16million and said that the over one million people that voted for the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party were aware of his tax issues. Malema reiterated that black people do not know the law of tax stating that it was all new and people were still adjusting to comply with the tax laws. Malema went on to say that if all the MP’s had to produce a tax clearance certificate from SARS many would fail. Brushing aside the entire SARS issue as not unique, Malema said SARS is a permanent problem for taxpayers, and many remain in conflict while trying to arrange terms to pay outstanding taxes. “We must learn from our mistakes and we must do better going forward,” said Malema.
Earlier in the month, Malema once again broached the land reform issues and said that if a person had land they had everything. While attending a church meeting in Bloemfontein, Malema said the demand for land would start today. The supporters attending the rally were asked to join the struggle for land.
Land reform without compensation is a top priority for Malema and throughout the election campaign he told supporters of his intention to implement the return of land to blacks within South Africa. Not long ago, while addressing a group of Zionist activists, Malema said, “We will take back our land as you did your Israel.” Many Jewish activists including Joe Slovo played a pivotal part during the apartheid struggle to democracy.
During the meeting, Malema told the crowd that government income generated from taxes was not sufficient to build a better life for the citizens of South Africa. The backlog of housing, education, health care infrastructure including job creation could not be determined on tax revenue alone. Malema remained adamant about the wealth of the country benefiting all the people and reiterated his stance on the nationalization of mines and banks.
State ownership and control of all mineral sources within the country would attract investors, according to Malema. Nationalization would lead to industrial and economic growth for the majority of South Africans. It is the real freedom for all the people that Malema continues to state as the way forward for South Africa.
While tax law and the need for education on this subject would increase awareness, Malema continues his demand for land and calls the followers of EFF to support the call. Nationalization, land reform and tax education are the Malema call, and the Malema way.
By Laura Oneale