TAXATION IS THEFT.This year I had to pay in almost R3000 for tax due to under-recovery. Now we read that R5 billion is missing from the money taxpayers have paid in to the SARS kitty. Much has been said about the SARS efficiency but now it seems to have joined the ranks of the rest of the governmental departments: Inept and incompetent. Surely R5 billion cannot just disappear with out leaving a “paper trail”. Further, R5 billion will leave a severe depression on the national budget.. Yet more billions are promised to incompetent municipalities to get their houses in order. Unlikely. Corruption has been around for 18 years and will not just go away overnight. 85% of municipalities are broke yet more money is shovelled in to gain no ends, much less service but more cars. The classical case is the 2 vehicles costing the taxpayer R1.5 million each. And the criminals get away with it. And the government smiles benignly. School books must also be paid for and yet the minister distances herself from this crime. During the last few years a massive road repair project has been underway Tolling systems have been erected over much of the country and this seems to be the most expensive form of income to the government. Taxpayers should receive a rebate when using these monstrosities. Taxpayers have become the national bottomless pit. While there is no problem with the roads project the work standard will soon manifest itself. Let us pray that the Olympic Games never caress these shores of ours. Think of the opportunities for corruption then.! And blatant corruption. Corruption is the fibre that binds this country of ours. The government is satisfied. Selebi,s and other criminals are out and about. Some of the criminals released are back again indicating the abilities of those who had them released. Crime is Good,Crime Pays. An RDP house has a life expectancy of 6 years and by then it has come apart by the seams due to cheap foundations. The original cost for an RDP house was R40*000. Currently it is floating between R80*000 and R100*000. And the price varies with the bribe. Tenders have become the new source for nationalization: It can be conveniently broken up into lesser tenders and shared with pals. The beauty of taxation is it can be manipulated and corrupted and becomes practically untraceable. As for my R3000 The minister can use it for another down payment on a brand new Merc. The odds are great that the R5 Billion will have little chance of surfacing
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