SARS busts diplomats for allegedly selling illicit alcohol, cheating taxman out of R100m [subscriber-only story] per month

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The SA Revenue Service has uncovered a tax-dodging racket in which foreign diplomats buy large volumes of alcohol at duty free retailers and sell it locally, cheating the tax collector of an estimated R100 million in taxes every month.

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How the hell are they able to purchase duty free alcohol in sufficient quantities to resell? The diplomats should be expelled from SA for being criminals - hey, after all, they are competing with locals, which should not be tolerated.:mad:
Where did they purchase the liquor? The suppliers need to be named and shamed!
 

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Are diplomats not supposed to drive on the left lane? There was one sitting on the fast lane on the N1 driving very slow with a long queue behind him. The next vehicle after him must have been a kilometer away but he wouldn't budge from the fast lane.
 

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Are diplomats not supposed to drive on the left lane? There was one sitting on the fast lane on the N1 driving very slow with a long queue behind him. The next vehicle after him must have been a kilometer away but he wouldn't budge from the fast lane.
Depends on where they're from. They need to drive on the RHS of the road if they're from countries driving on the right. They have diplomatic immunity.
 

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Nice to see SARS finally dealing with corruption with an iron fist, going after the real threats to our democracy and freedom. We knew this day would finally come gentleman.

/lulz
 

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How the hell are they able to purchase duty free alcohol in sufficient quantities to resell? The diplomats should be expelled from SA for being criminals - hey, after all, they are competing with locals, which should not be tolerated.:mad:
Where did they purchase the liquor? The suppliers need to be named and shamed!
Simple , buy the alcohol under the pretense you are exporting it, bribe a dodgy border official to sign the paperwork that proves the stock actually left the country and then pump the stock back into the local market and make an extra 15% profit.
 

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Are diplomats not supposed to drive on the left lane? There was one sitting on the fast lane on the N1 driving very slow with a long queue behind him. The next vehicle after him must have been a kilometer away but he wouldn't budge from the fast lane.
Some people just can't drive or they use their diplomatic statuses to bully us mere mortals
 
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Nice to see SARS finally dealing with corruption with an iron fist, going after the real threats to our democracy and freedom. We knew this day would finally come gentleman.

/lulz
I assume this is sarcasm, but I can't help but notice that it is another case of trying to persecute people who won't cause the voters to kick up a fuss.

If you go after the wrong BBBEE tender winner or government employee for tax evasion it is burning busses, shutting down the country, etc.

You can commit crime as long as you are black and connected to the ANC. You may be let off the hook if you are connected to the EFF and enough noise is made.
 

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Linky [subscriber-only story]
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Which countries are the diplomats representing?
 

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Simple , buy the alcohol under the pretense you are exporting it, bribe a dodgy border official to sign the paperwork that proves the stock actually left the country and then pump the stock back into the local market and make an extra 15% profit.

Far more than 15%. That's only the VAT. You forgot the massive sin taxes on liquor.
 
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