Sars suing company that flew Madiba

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 7200 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.

Spokesman Adrian Lackay told The Witness' sister newspaper Volksblad that Sars was suing Delport and his company for a total of R264 million, excluding interest accrued and fines, and hoped the criminal court would overturn its ruling.

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