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Tax-fraud: Swazis monitor SA vehicles

2011-12-18 19:09

Mbabane - Swaziland authorities are monitoring vehicles with South African registration plates to clamp down on tax fraud.

The Swazi government has started inspections as holiday travel increases ahead of the festive season.

“Swaziland police are inspecting all private and commercial vehicles bearing South African plates at road blocks and also pulling over drivers on an ad hoc basis,” said a well-placed source within the Swaziland revenue authority, who asked not to be named.

He said revenue authorities want to determine which South African-registered vehicles belong to Swazi owners who are dodging their tax obligations.

He said it was against the law not to register a vehicle in Swaziland after buying it in South Africa.

South African visitors comprise the bulk of holiday travelers in Swaziland and account for most of the earnings of the local tourism industry.

One South African driver, Christina Venter from Mpumalanga, said the inspections wasted a lot of time for people on holiday.

“The Swazi police should do these checks at the border posts and not pull us over all the time while we are driving in the country. It’s an inconvenience,” said Venter.

Denise Coetzer, a visitor from Durban, said she found the police officer who questioned her “scary” and the experience “unnerving”.

“I am so obviously not a Swazi, to be stopped like that. I came here for holiday,” Coetzer said.
 

Comments
  • Squeegee - 2011-12-18 19:35

    Problems because of drugs, now problems because of tax dodgers. Next we will be stopped and given IQ tests in foreign countries because of the gross stupidity of government.

      Sannie - 2011-12-18 19:40

      Now this has nothing to do with our government, please immigrate if you do not like RSA.

      Squeegee - 2011-12-18 20:05

      Actually Sannie, I love this country, that's why its so sad to see it go down the tubes. Read the other articles posted recently and you will see what I'm talking about. We are seen more and more the way we look at Nigerians - with distrust and suspicion. Our President tells the citizens that the ancestors will zap them, students smuggle drugs in their hair, our passports are traded, etc, etc...

      AdrianFrith - 2011-12-18 21:12

      Did you read the article? The problem is not South African tax dodgers, it is Swazi tax dodgers with SA-registered vehicles.

      Pixie86 - 2011-12-19 08:44

      squegee you did notice this is taking place in swaziland not south africa right?

      Garth - 2011-12-19 08:47

      Good laugh Squeegee - who gives a damn where it is occurring, the truth of your comment will soon be realised.

      John - 2011-12-22 18:46

      One South African driver, Christina Venter from Mpumalanga, said the inspections wasted a lot of time for people on holiday. “The Swazi police should do these checks at the border posts and not pull us over all the time while we are driving in the country. It’s an inconvenience,” said Venter. Denise Coetzer, a visitor from Durban, said she found the police officer who questioned her “scary” and the experience “unnerving”. “I am so obviously not a Swazi, to be stopped like that. I came here for holiday,” Coetzer said. Can the Automobile Association help? No help is expected from the ANC/Cosatu/sacp tripartite gang!

  • Hartmut - 2011-12-18 20:00

    They are just trying to squeeze some bribes out for their King

  • Jan - 2011-12-18 21:03

    We should not complain about the Swazis, this is nothing to the discomfort and rudeness of the US and UK immigration officials. We are fast building a similar reputation as Nigeria.

  • Bob - 2011-12-18 21:15

    It's an infectious African way, harass the soft targets while supposedly trying to catch the bad eggs, most of whom won’t be caught anyway.

  • Johan - 2011-12-18 23:06

    Swazi's are predominately black, why targeting white people?? Does not make sense.

      tammy.deoliveira - 2011-12-19 08:18

      Why bring colour into it??? The article doesn't say that they're targeting white people - it says "police are inspecting all private and commercial vehicles bearing South African plates". Lees & jy sal presteer Johan!

      makesuthink - 2011-12-19 08:30

      Tammy did you actually read the article. both people interviewed are white and as the one said "very obvisouly not a Swazi". The inspection can be done when one is at passport control and not elsewhere in Swaziland

      Pixie86 - 2011-12-19 08:36

      where in the article does it say only whites are being targeted and it's very idiotic of you to say all swazis are black considering not all south africans are black

      Pixie86 - 2011-12-19 08:39

      @makesuthink, did it occur to you that maybe only the two white people were interviewed? Do you suppose they're the only ones pulled over.

      Garth - 2011-12-19 08:56

      @pixie - all Swazis are black - anointed by the first Europeans to come into contact with them, from the name of their king at the time: Mswati 1. Any one of a different hue is known as a Swazilander - their choice. All Zulus are black(Dunns and Edwards excepted), all Xhosas are black, all Swazis are . . . get the pattern?

      Ianm - 2011-12-19 09:06

      Tammy.etc I don't know any blacks with the name Coetzer. Do you?

  • treatwell - 2011-12-19 08:07

    Its not like the tax payers money is going 2 good use in swaziland

  • ludlowdj - 2011-12-19 09:29

    money money money....government will get yours no matter what they have to do to get it.

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