The Economic Freedom Front (EFF) and its president, Julius Malema, have lost hundreds of thousands of rands over the years due to their repeated court defeats against the civil rights organization AfriForum.
In 2018 and 2019, Malema and the EFF paid R344 762.86 in legal fees to Afriforum.
In the most recent conflict, on Tuesday, 2023, the Northern Gauteng High Court in Pretoria denied Malema and the EFF leave to appeal a land invasion lawsuit and ordered them to pay AfriForum’s legal fees.
Ernst van Zyl, Campaign Officer for Strategy and Content at AfriForum, asserts that Justice P.M. Mabuse reaffirmed and relied on a previous Constitutional Court ruling that emphasized the unconstitutionality of incitement to trespass on private property and the serious criminal nature of any incitement to endanger property, owners, or the right to private property.
According to Van Zyl, Malema and the EFF were ordered to pay R102 092.30 to the civil rights group.
The EFF President was granted permission to appeal a 2017 interdict obtained by AfriForum, which prevented Malema and the EFF from inciting people to trespass on private property and illegally occupy it.
This ruling is a significant victory for private property rights and a serious setback for those who aim to encourage crime, violence, or disorder.
“AfriForum applauds Judge Mabuse’s ruling, which emphasizes the serious criminal nature of inciting people to trespass and illegally occupy private property,”
AfriForum has received five cost orders against Malema and the EFF in five separate appearances since March 2017.
Van Zyl claimed on 13 November 2018 Julius paid R126 703.59. On 10 January 2019, the EFF transferred R108,960.79 to AfriForum.
On 5 June 2019, the fighters paid another R109 098.30. The total sum spent by the EFF on AfriForum to date is R344 762.86
Van Zyl stated that these funds have been allocated to a number of AfriForum programs.
“We must still determine how best to utilize this additional fee,” but we can tell our members and the public that it will go to a worthy cause.
Ernst van Zyl