Sars goes after Kebble killers

2012-10-20 18:36

Men notorious for evading prosecution have been hit by the taxman, and Krejcir may be next.

The self-confessed murderers of mining magnate Brett Kebble and others linked to Joburg’s seedy underworld owe the taxman close to R100 million.

City Press can today reveal that the South African Revenue Service (Sars) has obtained separate tax debt judgments totalling R94 398 650.62 against Mikey Schultz, Faizel Smith, Nigel McGurk, Alekos Panayi and Juan Meyer.

Kebble was shot dead by Schultz, Smith and McGurk in what has become known as an “assisted suicide” in September 2005.

The murder was part of an intriguing web of shady dealings involving bouncers, strip clubs, drug dealing and the eventual conviction of former police commissioner Jackie Selebi on corruption charges.

By far the largest judgment was obtained against Meyer, who was arrested in Sandton in 2010 while allegedly transporting R20 million in gold due for shipment to Hong Kong.

The judgment against Meyer, which was obtained late last year, totals R80.64 million and is linked to a money-laundering case involving slain Teazers’ boss Lolly Jackson and controversial Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir.

Two years ago, Meyer gave an affidavit to forensic investigator Paul O’Sullivan in which he claimed he had been involved in a business venture with Krejcir and former Umkhonto we Sizwe cadre Cyril Beeka.

Beeka was gunned down last year, just a few days before the Hawks raided Krejcir’s home and found an alleged “hit list” that included Beeka’s name.

Meyer claimed in his affidavit that the purpose of this “front business” was to launder money by refining and trading gold.

Meyer also alleged that when he tried to pull out of the business, he received death threats, including one from Jackson murder-accused George Louka.

“There’s a wheelchair waiting for you,” is what Louka allegedly said to Meyer.

Court records reveal the other judgments, obtained last month, include:

»R11 035 889 against former Laiki Bank director Panayi;

»R1 834 013 against McGurk;

»R647 574 against Smith; and

»R243 516 against Schultz.

The judgments against McGurk, Smith and Schultz relate to their business dealings with Krejcir after Jackson was murdered.

Krejcir was said to be involved in an attempt to take over Jackson’s strip club empire. He has, however, consistently denied this rumour.

Panayi was also allegedly involved in a money-laundering operation with Krejcir and Jackson.

Sars spokesperson Adrian Lackay said that debt judgments are a matter of public record, and that it “cannot make further public comments on its investigations in this regard at this stage”.

But a source with inside knowledge of the investigation says Sars is finalising the process of obtaining a similar tax judgment against Krejcir.

None of the charges thrown at Krejcir by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) so far have stuck.

Last week, an assault charge against him was dropped and, in March, the NPA was also forced to provisionally withdraw charges related to insurance fraud.

This was after the state’s star witness, Dr Marian Tupy, decided he wanted to review his plea bargain and conviction on charges of insurance fraud.

Tupy was Krejcir’s urologist and allegedly swapped blood samples to make it seem like Krejcir had bladder cancer.

A week ago, Hawks spokesperson McIntosh Polela said on radio that Krejcir was still being investigated.

The Hawks did not respond to a request for updates.

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