Death, taxes and supercars

2015-03-15 15:00

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Going once, going twice, sold!

That’s how Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir and the estate of slain Teazers boss Lolly Jackson finally lost their exotic cars.

The auction of five of the two underworld figures’ much-loved vehicles took place on Wednesday after they were seized by the taxman to defray some of what the two owed the state.

It was a second attempt to sell the cars. A previous auction was delayed in November after a number of Krejcir’s alleged henchmen sidled up to bidders and threatened them. They allegedly told bidders “they are inviting problems” if they bought Krejcir’s beloved vehicles.

Some of the intimidated bidders then complained to SA Revenue Service (Sars) officials at the auction and it was called off, two senior Sars sources revealed.

But on Wednesday, Krejcir’s Lamborghini Murcielago and Porsche Cayenne, as well as his Bavaria 38 Series Sport Top powerboat, all found new homes. Sars declined to reveal the prices they fetched.

Koenigsegg CCX and Pagani Zonda combo the cars were previously owned by Lolly Jackson, a South African strip club owner before he was shot dead in 2010.This include Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir who is on trial 2007 Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 Roadster with what looks like a Premier 4509 bodykit, a matte black 2005 Ferrari F430 Spider, a 2009 Porsche Cayenne with Gemballa bodykit and a 2010 Rolls-Royce Ghost and Two sports bikes are also on offer, a 2005 Suzuki GSX 1000 and a 2006 Suzuki GSX 1000.

Krejcir’s Lamborghini Murcielago cost the alleged mobster more than R3?million new. His Porsche Cayenne was fitted with a Gemballa body kit – named after the company’s owner, Uwe Gemballa, who Krejcir is alleged to have had murdered at a “whack house” in Edenvale, Johannesburg.

Sars claimed Krejcir owed tax on R140?million of undeclared income and one of his companies – registered in the name of his wife, Katerina Krejcirova – owed R59?million in outstanding income tax.

The estate of Jackson, who Krejcir has now also been implicated in murdering, lost its Koenigsegg Coupe X and Pagani Zonda X. Jackson owed Sars R100?million in outstanding taxes.

The supercars were just some of the pricy assets auctioned by Sars.

Also for sale was a 2010 Rolls-Royce Ghost owned by Zimbabwean property mogul Frank Buyanga, and a DC9 private jet formerly owned by businessman and pilot Hendrik “Highway Hennie” Delport, who, with 12 individuals and associated entities, was charged with more than 7?000 counts relating to cigarette smuggling, fraud and racketeering in 2010.

The Rolls-Royce Ghost that Zimbabwean property mogul Frank Buyanga bought in 2010, with Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir’s modified Porsche Cayenne behind it. Both cars went under the hammer this week with a host of other exotic vehicles seized by the taxman.

But Wednesday’s auction got off to a bad start after Buyanga launched an urgent court interdict seeking to stop the sale of his R4?million car.

His Rolls-Royce had been locked up at the Sunnyside Police Station in Pretoria since it was impounded in December 2010 on its way to Zimbabwe.

Buyanga says in court documents his car was “hijacked” by police. Police at the time claimed the vehicle was part of an ongoing investigation. They suspected it was stolen, but it was later proved that Buyanga indeed owned the vehicle.

Police in Hampshire in the UK, where Buyanga bought it, said in documents submitted in court that the vehicle was never part of any of their investigations, nor was it suspected to be stolen. Buyanga submitted ownership papers, but the South Gauteng High Court dismissed his application.

Nardus Grove Attorneys, the law firm representing Buyanga, wasted no time in filing a notice of leave to appeal the ruling.

“Despite allegations of fraud and syndicates, no charges were officially levelled against the applicant or Mr Frank Buyanga – despite all these years,” Grove said in court documents.

Nevertheless, Buyanga’s car was still for sale and attracted a bid of R1.2?million.

Sars spokesperson Marika Muller could not confirm who had bought any of the cars.

“The assets?...?included a number of vehicles belonging to taxpayers who had committed a variety of customs offences – ranging from under-declaring the value of the vehicles and not paying import duties to importing a car declared as being for export out of South Africa [and thus not paying duties], but instead keeping the vehicle in South Africa.”

Muller said the sale took the form of a tender process, with interested parties making written bids in sealed envelopes. The bid box was opened on Wednesday by the sheriff of the high court and the bids were currently being reviewed.

“Successful bidders will be subjected to a full range of financial checks, including but not limited to Financial Intelligence Centre Act processes and tax-compliance checks,” she said.

Muller said that although the process remained under way, Sars expected to collect more than R15?million from the auction.

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