Zuma's son in hot water with SARS

By Drum Digital
16 February 2014

President Jacob Zuma’s son, Edward, is embroiled in a heated battle with the South African Revenue Services which accuses him of dealing in contraband cigarettes.

President Jacob Zuma’s son, Edward, is embroiled in a heated battle with the South African Revenue Services which accuses him of dealing in contraband cigarettes.

According to the Sunday Independent, Zuma’s battle with SARS stretches back to 2011.

His company, Amalgamated Tobacco Manufacturing (ATM) was given a 25 January deadline to reply to SARS’s allegations. They also claim he has under-declared turnover to hide millions of rands in profit.

Zuma’s saga erupted in 2011 when SARS officials descended on his Pietermaritzburg factory. After seizing goods they shut the plant down. However, it was later reopened. Zuma however has accused SARS of corruption, racism and running a smear campaign against him.

This is not the first time that Zuma has been in the spotlight. In 2012 he was sued by a wedding co-ordinator for R1.5m after failing to pay them for his big day. In the same year, Ithala Development Finance Corporation took him to court after he apparently defaulted on two loans, one worth R4.4m and another of R512 000.

- News24

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