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AfriForum accuses EFF of falsifying proof of legal cost payments

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AfriForum accuses EFF of falsifying proof of legal cost payments

EFF leader Julius Malema
EFF leader Julius Malema

10th November 2023

By: News24Wire

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Lobby group AfriForum has accused the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) of doctoring documents it submitted to prove that it had paid the organisation in settlement of a legal costs bill.

The settlement was in relation to a legal battle between AfriForum and the EFF in which the red berets sought to appeal the civil society organisation's interdict against illegal land occupation.

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In September, the Constitutional Court dismissed the EFF's appeal bid with costs.

The party made two payments of R316 000 to AfriForum, both of which were accompanied by proof of payment documents, purporting to be from Standard Bank. 

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But, in email correspondence seen by News24, Standard Bank confirmed to AfriForum that the documents were dubious.

Although the payments reflected in AfriForum's account, the organisation plans to investigate the party for forgery, uttering and fraud. The offences relate to passing off false documents as legitimate, unlawfully and intentionally making a false document and making a misrepresentation which potentially prejudices another person. 

"AfriForum's private prosecution unit has been instructed to investigate possible criminal offences, such as forgery and uttering, and fraud. Advocate Gerrie Nel and his team will launch a full-scale in-depth investigation to trace the trail of this falsified proof of payment, the purpose of which appears to be an attempt to veil the identity of an EFF benefactor," it said.

News24's comparison of the EFF's documents against proof of payment documents obtained from Standard Bank, showed stark differences.

News24 made numerous attempts to get comment from EFF spokespersons Sinawo Tambo and Leigh-Ann Mathys but no response was received. 

The party's comments will be added once received.

 

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