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Tax Justice founder backs Minister’s call for SARS to bare its teeth

27 November, 2019 – ANTI-CRIME activist Yusuf Abramjee has backed Finance Minister Tito Mboweni in his support for SARS having an “intrusive” investigating unit.

Mboweni told Parliament that “SARS must not be a toothless tiger when dealing with tax evasion and illegitimate trades and financial flows … in commodities such as tobacco, liquor and counterfeit goods”.

Abramjee this week launched Tax Justice South Africa to tackle the criminal traders who cost the country R100 million every day in lost taxes.

He said: “The minister’s statement displays just the sort of attitude we are seeking to stop these crooks stealing money that should be spent on improving our country.

“As Intikhab Shaik, SARS acting-chief officer of Digital Information, said last week, ‘If you don’t follow the money and you don’t get the person, you’ve done nothing’.

“We needs investigators to be empowered to bring these villains to justice and ensure they are put behind bars for stealing the money that has been earmarked for protecting our old, our sick and our most vulnerable.”

Notes to Editor

The establishment of Tax Justice South Africa is a rallying cry to the people and to Government to take action against organised criminal gangs that are plundering South Africa. 

Founded by Yusuf Abramjee, Tax Justice South Africa is campaigning for a lawful and prosperous South Africa and for urgent action against criminals who steal billions in legally due taxes every year.

Every day approximately R100 million is looted from South Africa by criminal tax evaders, undermining the Government and the rule of law, and robbing its people of a brighter future. 

Tax Justice South Africa will work to raise awareness of this national menace and show how these stolen funds could be used to build a better nation.

The campaign is supported by Makali Lepholisa, former Commissioner for Customs in  Lesotho, and Andy Mashaile, Interpol Turn Back Crime Ambassador, who join Yusuf as the Directors of Tax Justice South Africa.


For media queries contact Yusuf Abramjee, and +27 82 441 4203