Concern for safety of tax officials

2011-01-19 09:01

There is growing concern over the safety of customs officials working for the SA Revenue Service (Sars), its spokesperson Adrian Lackay said today.

“There are real threats, particularly on smuggling,” he said.

His comment followed the murder of Durban policeman, Warrant Officer Johan Nortjie (51), who was shot dead while leaving his home in Montclair on Monday morning.

Nortjie provided protection and security services at Durban Harbour.

He died on the scene after the shooting in the suburb, south of Durban at 7am.

By today, police had still not made any arrests.

“He was in the anti-smuggling unit, and rendered 33 years to the SA Police Service,” KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said.

“This isn’t a first attempt on investigators and custom officials, given the nature of the job,” Lackay said, adding that Nortjie worked closely with Sars.

He said the number of such incidents had grown over the last two years, but could not provide a figure.

“It’s been happening all over the country. Security is always a concern.”

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