Tax-fraud: Swazis monitor SA vehicles
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.