Criminals are robbing us blind through crooked deals and dodging billions in tax. It’s time to put them behind bars to build a better South Africa.
– Yusuf Abramjee, Founder, Tax Justice South Africa
How are criminals avoiding tax?
South Africa is being systematically looted every single day to the tune of R250 million. Gangsters who are engaging in large-scale tax crime are depriving the country’s economy of billions of rand every year.
They are flooding the market with illegal fuel, alcohol, tobacco and medical products and using sophisticated methods such as ghost exporting, illicit flows and trade misinvoicing to avoid detection from authorities.
These gangs have no fear of prosecution, and are openly robbing legitimate businesses by selling counterfeit goods in broad daylight, bringing otherwise tax-paying, compliant goods into the illegal economy.
Why is it a problem?
“If you don’t follow the money and you don’t get the person, you’ve done nothing” – Intikhab Shaik, SARS acting-chief officer of Digital Information, November 2019
These criminals are depriving South Africa of money that is supposed to be spent on our children’s schools to guarantee a better tomorrow for them and our nation.
Unless these criminals are locked up they will continue to steal the money that has been earmarked for protecting our old, our sick and our most vulnerable.