Sars crushed 12 cars worth R450 000 at the Reclamation Group, a scrap metal company. The cars included a VW Polo, an Audi A4 and a Toyota Avanza.
Sandy van Niekerk, commercial manager at The Reclamation Group, said over the past two months, Sars had ordered the destruction of another 34 vehicles.
According to Patrick Moeng, Sars customs executive, the cars are normally imported from Asia, through Durban Port and into special-purpose warehouses.
Moeng said this process was not illegal, but it was illegal for these second-hand cars to be driven on the country’s roads because trading of second-hand foreign cars (manufactured outside the country) was banned under South African law.