Tue, 17 Sep 2019

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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Mokwena is also a partner in Legodi Attorneys.

The report found that Legodi Attorneys had submitted suspicious invoices and was paid more than R9.3m between June 2017 and May 2018, despite not being on the municipality's database of service providers.

Mokwena referred News24's enquiry to his attorney Floyd Legodi, who confirmed both applications for liquidation and in the SCA.

"The [liquidation] matter is being contested and the SCA matter is ongoing," Legodi said.

On Wednesday, the Democratic Alliance, which runs the Modimolle-Mookhopong Municipality, indicated that it would lay a complaint against Mokwena and Legodi Attorneys with the Law Society.

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