Sars delivers a crushing blow to tax dodgers

Acting chief officer for customs and excise Beyers Theron said ringleaders in the black market economy should take heed.

“We are sending a message that enough is enough. We are coming after everyone who is undermining our laws and hurting our economy through crime,” he said.

In July, after Sars boss Tom Moyane was fired, acting commissioner Mark  Kingon set about reviving enforcement units to tackle the illicit economy.

Theron said, “This is part of Sars addressing the scourge of illicit trade and it covers a range of high-risk commodities like tobacco and cigarettes, clothing and textiles, poultry, fuel, narcotics and counterfeit goods,” he said.

“It’s  about tackling illicit trade in all of its manifestations. We want a nationally coordinated approach, which we have seen is  starting to bear fruit,” Theron added.

He expected more illegally imported secondhand vehicles from other provinces to be destroyed. 

Moyane is taking his fight to be reinstated as Sars commissioner to the Constitutional Court after being jettisoned from the revenue service by President Cyril Ramaphosa.

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