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South Africans have shown their disgruntlement with the government’s ineptitude to deliver the services they are entitled to by way of violent public protests. Juxtaposed with disclosures emanating coming out of the various commissions of inquiry into wrongdoing at state entities, there seems to be a correlation between lack of service delivery in the disadvantaged communities and the blatant thievery taking place in government. The blatant squandering of tax money has also had a devastating effect on the government’s ability to collect taxes. People have actively sought ways to pay as little tax as possible. This leaves the government in a conundrum. How will it pay for the election promises without increasing the ire of its constituents by increasing taxes? Johan Troskie, independent tax and commercial law specialist, says after years of state capture and state neglect the South African Revenue Service (Sars) is going to find it difficult, if not impossible to collect the R1.45-tr...

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