Sars suing company that flew Mandela

2012-05-31 13:02

Johannesburg - The SA Revenue Service (Sars) is suing the company, from which the plane that flew former president Nelson Mandela to Mthatha was hired, for a string of alleged offences, according to a report on Thursday.

Sars laid 7 200 charges against Phoebus Apollo Aviation, owned by Hendrik Delport, in 2007, The Witness newspaper reported.

Although a criminal court dismissed these charges, which included tax evasion, cigarette smuggling and racketeering, Sars was pursuing the matter in the civil courts.

Spokesperson Adrian Lackay told The Witness' sister newspaper Volksblad that Sars was suing Delport and his company for a total of R264m, excluding interest accrued and fines, and hoped the court would overturn its ruling.

  • Johan - 2012-05-31 13:09

    Another waste of tax payers money

      procold2 - 2012-05-31 13:23


      matthewrh1 - 2012-05-31 14:44

      Actually, Johan, they're trying to collect tax from non-payers. Please put on your big boy pants before using the computer, mmmkay?

  • Tax - 2012-05-31 13:14

    I would rather have an update on the SARS investigation into Juju's financial affairs. But that will never come to light will it?

  • Oom - 2012-05-31 13:18

    How does one run up an account of R264 MIL...????

      Fussed - 2012-05-31 13:22

      Easy, while you are giving backhands you are ok, but miss out, then they go after you

      John - 2012-05-31 15:41

      By being in the "spears" back pocket

  • Rofras - 2012-05-31 13:21

    so what if it flew Mandela?

      dvanderwalt - 2012-05-31 14:09

      Only reason I can think of is the fact that because it has been used to transport Mandela, the plain was not searched and because of that they used it to smuggle illegal goods while transporting Mandela.

      Kala - 2012-05-31 14:12

      Maybe it flew Mandela while he was still a wanted terrorist.

  • Homith - 2012-05-31 13:25

    Sensational reporting as usual... What does the fact that they flew Mandela have to do with anything ?

  • errol.wagner - 2012-05-31 13:26


      Peter-Peter - 2012-05-31 13:38

      It wont be long before the Mxit style is used

      Peter - 2012-06-01 08:38

      You need to learn about punctuation before you point fingers.

  • nishan.sitlu - 2012-05-31 13:33

    It's got nothing to do with Mandela. So they flew him somewhere once. Thats got nothing to do with why they are being sued! Thumbs down news24

  • eric.louw.9 - 2012-05-31 14:04

    Whoever arranges Mr Mandela's affairs, please do not taint his image by making use of alleged dodgy operators

      Lee-Ann - 2012-06-01 15:09

      I agree yeah... Don't they vet these companies before they make use of them..

  • daniel.motlhatlhedi - 2012-05-31 14:16

    you go sars 7200 charges

      sven.gohre - 2012-05-31 15:23

      @Daniel. Well the President of the country still has 739 charges to answer, so do not hold your breath for justice. But as he has almost 10X the number of charges there is still hope that we will have a White President in our lifetimes, lol.

  • Dhavandran - 2012-05-31 14:28

    someone was left out of the circle of thugs and has blown the whistle.still we are the losers.our money. sars must get its act together and go after the thugs in office including gordhan.

  • maryna.homann - 2012-05-31 14:30

    So a criminal court dismissed the case... Why the hell waste more of our tax payers money by going to civil court? Looks a little vindictive to me!

  • Vincent - 2012-06-01 09:57

    Mr Delport are you a comrade? If you are, then stress not, this will be squashed like the rest of familiar cases. Just fly Zuma, you will see.

  • Harold - 2012-06-01 11:18


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