Print Page   |   Report Abuse
News & Press: Opinion

Zimbabwe: Two Held in SA Over U.S. $850 K Smuggled Cigs

01 July 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Author: All Africa
Share |

Author: AllAfrica 

The South Africa Revenue Service (Sars) on Sunday arrested two truck drivers for allegedly trying to smuggle cigarettes worth about US$850,000 into South Africa and also attempting to bribe tax officials at Beitbridge Border Post.

Sars spokesperson Marika Muller confirmed the arrests saying: "SARS customs team at the Beitbridge Border Post stopped a truck entering South Africa for routine checks."

"Documents presented by the drivers indicated that the truck was empty but, when the truck was opened for a search, the SARS official found boxes of cigarettes concealed behind empty wooden pallets."

"The consignment had 900 Master Cases of Kingdom cigarettes (9 million individual cigarettes) with a total value of over R8.9 million."

"When the concealed cargo was discovered, the drivers of the truck offered the SARS official a bribe of US$1790 if he would disregard the find."

"Both the smuggled cargo and the attempted bribe were both immediately reported to the SAPS who arrested the drivers, and a criminal case of smuggling and bribery has been opened against them."

"It was suspected that the two truck drivers were Zimbabweans although NewZimbabwe.com was unable to confirm this with the police."

This article first appeared on allafrica.com.


WHY REGISTER WITH SAIT?

Section 240A of the Tax Administration Act, 2011 (as amended) requires that all tax practitioners register with a recognized controlling body before 1 July 2013. It is a criminal offense to not register with both a recognized controlling body and SARS.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS TO REGISTER

The Act requires that a minimum academic and practical requirments be set to register with a controlling body. Click here for the minimum requirements of SAIT.

Membership Management Software Powered by YourMembership.com®  ::  Legal