Sars slaps Oscar with a penalty

2013-05-26 14:00

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Oscar Pistorius has been dealt another blow – this time by the taxman.

The Paralympian athlete and murder accused was recently penalised by the SA Revenue Service (Sars) for unpaid taxes.

City Press understands Sars investigated his tax affairs after he declared his assets in his bail hearing in February.

Pistorius, charged with the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, revealed in court that he earned about R5.6 million a year.

Most of his income is from sponsorships. Nike and Oakley, two of his major sponsors, withdrew their funding after he was arrested for murder.

Pistorius is scheduled to appear in court again on June 4.

City Press has learnt that Sars discovered undeclared taxes when they audited him, and issued Pistorius with a penalty “of less than R1 million”, which he allegedly paid.

Pistorius was released on bail of R1 million and has stopped competing in athletics events after his arrest.

City Press understands his next court appearance will only be for a postponement until later this year, when the trial is expected to start in the North Gauteng High Court.

The state is expected to ask for a postponement for further investigation. Evidence is still outstanding, including the results of various forensic tests.

City Press reported previously that the police were investigating blood found on various items in Pistorius’ room, including on a cricket bat, clothes and the carpet.

The police also requested forensic testing of the athlete’s blood.

At the time of the murder, Pistorius’ Silver Woods house was on the market for R6.5 million.

Earlier this year, he bought a house in Atholl, Johannesburg, for R9.8 million.

Pistorius also owns two other properties in Pretoria with a combined value of R1.6 million and a plot in Langebaan in the Western Cape valued at R1.7 million.

Neither Sars nor the Pistorius’ family spokesperson responded to a request for comment.

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