Sars: Krejcir’s shop a tax evasion front

The revenue service has seized the controversial Czech fugitive’s assets and companies.

Czech businessman Radovan Krejcir speaks exclusively to EWN’s Mandy Wiener. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Revenue Service (Sars) suspects Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir is using his Cross Point business - which trades as the Money Point pawn shop in Bedfordview, the scene of a deadly blast on Tuesday - as a front to evade tax.

The details are contained in an affidavit obtained by the _ Mail & Guardian_ newspaper which was used to motivate an attachment order.

A court-appointed curator served a provisional preservation order on Krejcir on Friday, seizing his assets and companies.

The businessman made headlines again this week when a bomb was set off at the shop, killing two of his friends, Ronny Bvuma and Jan Charvat, and wounding five other people.

Smoke rises from Radovan Krejcir's Money Point shop in Bedfordview shortly after an explosion on 12 November 2013. Picture: @mickey_gp/Twitter.

In the affidavit, senior Sars investigator Johan van Loggerenberg says Bvuma was the bogus owner of Cross Point.

Van Loggerenberg says the business was allegedly sold to Bvuma in 2012 but, during an income tax inquiry, Bvuma claimed he knew nothing of the sales agreement nor the operations of the company.

He says appropriate steps will be taken against Krejcir if it's established that Cross Point was set up as a conduit for income to evade income tax.

Sars has seized a total of 14 companies, 11 cars and even Krejcir's Bedfordview house.

The revenue service's Adrian Lackay says it does not want to make further public statements on the matter at this stage.

Krejcir could not be reached for comment.

PREVIOUS INCIDENTS

Earlier this year, Krejcir survived a bizarre attempt on his life when remote-controlled shotguns opened fire on him from behind a number plate of a parked car outside the same shop.

He described the experience as being like something out of a James Bond film.

A close-up of the VW Cross-Polo with guns installed behind its number plate used in the attempted hit on Radovan Krejcir on 24 July 2013. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN.

Several of Krejcir's associates have been gunned down in recent weeks.

In the latest incident, Lebanese national Sam Issa was killed in Bedfordview.

Krejcir has denied ever being close to Issa or having any links to the killing.

The Czech national has been named a suspect in a number of high-profile murders but has never been charged.

He is also fighting to avoid extradition to his home country where he has been charged in absentia on a number of charges.

Krejcir speaks exclusively with EWN's Mandy Wiener about the controversy surrounding him over the last few months:

Krejcir reads a press statement he released on Thursday surrounding the recent events linking him to several crimes: