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Sars seizes couple's cars

2010-03-03 09:08

Durban - The SA Revenue Services has taken three vehicles worth nearly R17m belonging to a Durban couple whose taxes were not in order, The Mercury newspaper reported on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Sars took possession of Sbu and Shawn Mpisane's Rolls Royce Phantom convertible, valued at about R7m, and two Lamborghinis valued at about R4.5m and R5m, The Mercury said.

It is believed that through their different business dealings, the Mpisanes owed Sars about R50m and it is unknown how much of that had been paid, The Mercury said.

On New Year's Eve, the Mpisanes threw a lavish party with expensive food and wine which was attended by national police commissioner Bheki Cele and several local actors.

Low-cost houses


In January, The Mercury exposed badly built low-cost houses constructed by Mpisane's Zikhulise Maintenance, Cleaning and Transport in Umlazi.

In 2009, the couple allegedly received R219m from the eThekwini municipality but failed to continue construction in Umlazi after informing workers that there was not enough money available, The Mercury said.

The Mpisanes voluntarily handed over some of their moveable assets as surety and pledged to pay Sars over a period of a few months.

Shawn Mpisane denied that the couple owed Sars money.

"I have always paid my taxes and my husband's tax is up to date," she told the newspaper.

"Your facts are not right - do your homework first," Shawn said.