23 January 2018

South Africa: Scorpio - the Curious Case of ANC Benefactor Robert Huang, a Never-Ending Investigation and Billions Owed to SARS

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Panicked SARS officials compiled a confidential internal report to their managers on the status of one of the biggest tax evasion investigations, just days after journalist Jacques Pauw's blockbuster book The President's Keepers hit stores around the country in November. The report's focus: The curious multibillion-rand and decade-old tax case of the Taiwanese national and Zuma-linked businessman Jen Chih (Robert) Huang, his company Mpisi Trading 74 and an estimated R3-billion owed to SARS. Based on information from the heart of SARS, Scorpio can reveal that Huang attempted to settle his tax affairs for R20-million, that the finalisation of Huang's case, code-named "Project Nightfury", seems to have ground to a halt, and that Pauw's revelations about Huang were spot-on. By PAULI VAN WYK for SCORPIO.

Tax boss Tom Moyane scored a magnificent own goal when he dragged investigative journalist Jacques Pauw to court in December 2017. By accusing Pauw of unlawfully disclosing taxpayer information in his book The President's Keepers, Moyane catapulted the serious allegations the book contains into the realm of confirmed facts. Pauw formally confirmed that he will oppose the declaratory order that he contravened the Tax Administration Act requested by Moyane.

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