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Durban - Luxury cars valued at around R22 million were seized from former Durban metro police officer Sibusiso Mpisane and his wife Shauwn on Wednesday, the National Prosecuting Authority said.
The cars included a Rolls Royce Phantom, a Rolls Royce Ghost, a Maserati, a Ferrari Scaglietti, a Porsche Cayenne Turbo and a Panamera Turbo, two armoured BMW 5 series and two Hummers, the NPA said in a statement.
Various construction vehicles seized were valued at about R4.5m.
Four fixed properties Ä including Mpisane's home Ä valued at about R25m were also seized.
The NPA said other assets were still being identified.
On Tuesday, the KwaZulu-Natal High Court granted the Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) an order authorising it to freeze and seize R140m in property.
Shauwn, who has been convicted of tax fraud, is on trial in the Durban Regional Court for alleged tax evasion
She is accused of, among other things, inflating invoices by more than R5m to cut her tax bill. She has pleaded not guilty.
“Since she (Shauwn) is married in community of property to her husband, it includes all property owned by the couple,” the NPA said.
“This is one of the largest cases ever done by the AFU, and is a significant blow in the fight against corruption.” - Sapa