Coal-smuggling syndicates whose modus operandi includes hijacking deliveries of high-grade coal to Eskom and swapping them with lower-grade product are being targeted by the SA Revenue Service (Sars) for alleged tax crimes amounting to R500m.

Sars said on Thursday a “massive intergovernmental search and seizure operation across five provinces was carried out to break the back of a sophisticated criminal syndicate of alleged coal smugglers”...

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