A South African Revenue Service (SARS) official, 39, is expected to appear in the Bloemfontein Magistrates Court for allegedly enticing and extorting a company director on Monday.
During February 2019, the company director was issued a citation for outstanding tax returns and payments. In March the same year, the company’s auditor liaised with the SARS official, and all the necessary documents required were delivered as arranged.
The businessman purportedly received various phone calls from the accused, asking to meet him privately. The complainant met with the suspect, where he alleged that he could help the complainant resolve the outstanding tax assessments to disappear in return for an R20 000 gratification.
The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) “granted a directive, and the complainant met with the suspect at the company offices, where an amount of R10 000 was agreed upon.”
He was detained on the scene for alleged corruption and extortion. His vehicle, a Mercedes Benz Sedan, was confiscated during the process.