Malema's former lawyer fighting possible liquidation of his firm

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Lawyer Tumi Mokwena, who is the former lawyer of EFF leader Julius Malema, faces an application for the liquidation of his law firm.

The application for the liquidation was brought by controversial businessman Sithembiso Bethuel Bosch, who is also a former ally of Malema. He donated funds to Malema's Ratanang Family Trust and former president Jacob Zuma's education trust in 2007.

The application will be heard in the Limpopo High Court on October 24 this year.

The liquidation process comes after the dismissal by the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) of an application by Mokwena for leave to appeal a Limpopo High Court order that compels him to produce all accounting records of his law firm for inspection by the Law Society of the Northern Provinces.

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Court instructs lawyer Tumi Mokwena to open financial books for scrutiny

The order was granted last week after the lawyer failed to lodge a petition within the stipulated time to the judge president of the SCA.


‌The Law Society of the Northern Provinces has been granted permission to inspect all accounting records of Polokwane attorney Tumi Mokwena following complaints of misconduct.

The order was granted last week after Mokwena failed to lodge a petition within the stipulated time to the judge president of the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) for reconsideration and variation of the dismissal of his appeal against a Limpopo High Court order.

The high court had earlier issued an order for the Law Society to inspect all his accounting records and files belonging to his law firm.
More at: https://citizen.co.za/news/south-africa/courts/2203934/court-instructs-lawyer-tumi-mokwena-to-open-financial-books-for-scrutiny/
 

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Malema’s former lawyer’s firm under liquidation

The firm of prominent Polokwane lawyer Tumi Mokwena, who represented EFF leader Julius Malema at one stage, has been placed under liquidation following a Limpopo High Court order on Thursday.

This comes after Judge Frans Kgomo rejected Mokwena’s application for the condonation of the late filing of court papers in the matter.

Neither Mokwena, nor his attorney, Floyd Legodi, were in court. Legodi filed a notice of withdrawal earlier on Thursday.

Issuing the order, Kgomo said the applicant made out a prima facie case: “This is a long-standing matter spanning seven years.

“I’ve read the papers of the applicants and they advanced reasons. The respondent is aware of this date and the notice of withdrawal as attorney of record was filed this morning..
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The High Court had earlier issued an order for the law society to inspect his accounting records, as well as files belonging to his law firm.

The matter involves his alleged dodgy dealings at the Zebediela Citrus Estate and with Mahlangu Attorneys and FJ Cohen Attorneys.

In true tribal style, Zebediela was looted and destroyed.
The Zebediela Citrus Estate. From 1918 to 1926, more than 565 000 citrus trees were planted on 2260 ha of this estate’s land. For the twenty five years before the estate was sold to the South African government in 1974, it showed a profit of millions of rands every year. After the sale, Zebediela grew to become “the diamond of agricultural projects”. It was of such great national pride that the Reader’s Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa wrote in 1978 that “nearly 400 million oranges are harvested each year from the groves of Zebediela, the world’s biggest citrus estate. The output is sufficient to provide one orange for every eight people on earth.

It didn’t take long for the corruption, theft and maladministration to set in. By 2001, the estate was in ruins. The original 2 260 hectares planted had been reduced to 800 hectares. Because no fertilizers and pesticides were used, more than half the trees died as a result of the Department of Agriculture’s failure to grant funds for the survival of the project. Only ten per cent of yields could be marketed.

Managers with in some cases forty years experience were replaced with people who had no experience of farming. One new “manager” was previously a sewing instructor while another was until the previous year a student. The press was informed that not one of the new directors appointed to the Zebediela and its sister Lisbon estate could read a financial statement.(2)

The death throes of the estate peaked at the end of March 2001 when ABSA bank stopped all credit and bounced a pension cheque of R56 million. Other estates in the area met with the same fate.
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Former Malema lawyer Tumi Mokwena's law firm's accounts unfrozen

The Limpopo High Court has ordered liquidators in the case of Polokwane lawyer Tumi Mokwena to unfreeze his law firm's trust account with immediate effect.

The liquidators acted following an order issued by Judge Frans Kgomo for the final liquidation of Tumi Mokwena Incorporated (TMI) on December 12.

The order was followed up by the striking off the roll of Mokwena's urgent application to suspend the liquidation order by Judge Violet Semenya on January 24.

Mokwena returned to the high court on an urgent basis on Thursday, seeking an order that his law firm's trust account, held by Standard Bank, be unfrozen. This was after he realised on February 3 that the liquidators had moved to freeze the account.
More at : https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/former-malema-lawyer-tumi-mokwenas-law-firms-accounts-unfrozen-20200207
 
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