Zinhle Khumalo
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8 Jun 2015
7:00 am

Sars raid nets ‘stolen’ alcohol worth R4.9m

Zinhle Khumalo

The South African Revenue Service (Sars) scored some notable successes last month.

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A Chinese national was arrested for possession of illicit alcohol to the value of R4.9 million and in another incident, customs officials secured a large consignment of cooking oil from the premises of a scrapyard in Langlaagte, Johannesburg.

Sars reported a large stock of alcohol, believed to have come from a duty-free shop in Durban, was found at the Chinese national’s Nigel bottlestore during a raid on May 23.

It was suspected the liquor had been hijacked from a truck on May 22 and the suspect faced charges of possession of stolen property.

The recovered alcohol included:

v 273 cases of “over-strength” Johnny Walker Red Label;

v 87 cases of Amarula liqueur;

v 100 cases of “over-strength” Grants whisky.

According to Sars, alcohol with a 40% spirit content was not permitted in this country.

In the other incident, it was established the 60 tons of cooking oil found 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,” Sars said in a statement.

Administrative enforcement cases were also reported. On May 14, the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Durban issued a writ on the moveable assets of a taxpayer who owed about R58 million for under-declaration of income and inconsistencies in his financial statements.

“Sars has consequently instructed the sheriff to attach all his moveable assets at his residence in La Lucia, Umhlanga. Sars approached the High Court after issuing a final demand in October 2014,” read the statement.

The tax collector has promised to combat any form of corruption.

– news@citizen.co.za