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SARS clamps down on ‘stolen alcohol, oil meant for poor and tax dodgers’

10 June 2015   (0 Comments)
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Author: BDlive

Recovering cooking oil stolen from the World Food Programme for relief aid and seizing hijacked booze — while shutting down a game farmer arrested for rhino poaching — is all in a day’s work for the South African Revenue Service (SARS).

Providing an update on its operations last month‚ SARS said customs officials detained and secured a large consignment of cooking oil from the premises of a scrapyard in Langlaagte‚ Johannesburg.

The 60 tons of oil formed part of a consignment of 450 tons of fish oil that was donated by the US government agency US Aid to the World Food Programme in Blantyre‚ Malawi.

The investigations are continuing to trace the balance of the oil‚ as it is suspected that the remaining oil may have been stolen and diverted into the local market‚" the tax agency said in a statement.

A Chinese national was arrested for possession of illicit alcohol to the value of R4.9m‚ during a raid at a Nigel bottle store‚ after customs officials found a large volume of duty-free alcohol stock on the premises. It is suspected that the liquor had been hijacked from a truck.

The seized alcohol included 100 cases of whisky with 40%-plus spirits. SARS said alcohol with 40% spirits content is not permitted in SA.

The suspect faces charges of possession of suspected stolen property.

SARS also reported that a final order for the winding up of the closed corporation Valinor Trading 142‚ trading as Out of Africa Adventurous Safaris‚ was handed down in the Gauteng North High Court at the end of May.

SARS also reported that a final order for the winding up of the closed corporation Valinor Trading 142‚ trading as Out of Africa Adventurous Safaris‚ was handed down in the Gauteng North High Court at the end of May.

The tax agency said it also won court orders against a Bedfordview businessman who owes approximately R45m‚ and a La Lucia‚ Umhlanga‚ taxpayer who owes SARS approximately R58m.

This article first appeared on bdlive.co.za.


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