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Good start by SARS, now let’s lock up the multi-billion-rand kingpins

Friday 8 April, 2022 – Tax Justice SA (TJSA) today welcomes revelations that the South African Revenue Service (SARS) has launched a concerted campaign against major tax cheats looting the nation of billions of rand.

In recent days SARS has conducted search-and-seizure operations at the businesses and homes of significant players in the banking, gold, alcohol and cigarette industries.

One target was the gold refinery Bullion Star in Johannesburg, which is allegedly involved in a multi-billion-rand export scam.

“It’s reassuring to see some progress being made against the criminal masterminds who’ve been looting South Africans for years,” says TJSA founder Yusuf Abramjee.

“SARS Commissioner Ed Kieswetter should be commended for his transparency with this new campaign as it’s vital that public confidence in state authorities is restored.

“We can only hope that the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) is quick to show similar determination to mete out justice on the crooks who are robbing us all of a brighter future.

“Kingpins in illicit trade have been living in the lap of luxury using money that should have been spent on education, health and homes. Now it’s time to see these parasites dressed in orange overalls. Every proud South African should want to lock them up.”