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Re­port illegal firearm deal­ings

The Hawks have urged mem­bers of the pub­lic to re­port any illegal firearm deal­ings in com­mu­ni­ties.

The spe­cial­ist crime fight­ing unit has in­ten­si­fied op­er­a­tions to seize firearms from peo­ple in­volved in firearm traf­fick­ing, the illegal dis­tri­bu­tion thereof and le­gal en­ti­ties in­volved in cor­rup­tion and other illegal prac­tices re­lat­ing to firearms.

“The gen­eral pub­lic is urged to re­port illegal firearms to Crime Stop or the pro­vin­cial of­fices of the Na­tional Bureau for Illegal Firearm Con­trol and Pri­or­ity Vi­o­lent Crime (NBIFCPVC), which are es­tab­lished coun­try­wide within the Hawks,” the Hawks said on Wednesday.

This call fol­lows the seizure of 323 firearms from a firearm dealer in Pre­to­ria last week on al­le­ga­tions of con­tra­ven­ing the Firearms Con­trol Act. –

eFil­ing dead­line to­mor­row

Pro­vi­sional tax­pay­ers have un­til 31 Jan­uary to file their in­come tax re­turns, their IRP6 doc­u­ments, to the South African Rev­enue Ser­vice (SARS) through eFil­ing.

A pro­vi­sional tax­payer is any per­son who re­ceives in­come, or to whom in­come ac­crues, other than a salary. This in­cludes per­sons who re­ceive rental in­come from a prop­erty, tax­able in­ter­est in­come from in­vest­ments or other in­come from a trade.

SARS re­minded tax­pay­ers that chan­nels such as the SARS mo­bisite, avail­able at www. sarse­fil­, are avail­able for easy fil­ing via one’s mo­bile de­vice.

It said late sub­mis­sion will re­sult in penal­ties.

“As a sep­a­rate mat­ter, the dead­line of 31 Jan­uary also ap­plies to pay­ments from in­di­vid­ual tax­pay­ers who filed per­sonal in­come tax re­turns last year and were as­sessed to owe SARS money.

“While harsh penal­ties and in­ter­est ap­ply to late pay­ments on the other hand, tax­pay­ers in fi­nan­cial dif­fi­culty can ap­proach SARS to de­fer pay­ment or pay in in­stal­ments within qual­i­fy­ing cri­te­ria,” SARS said in a state­ment.

Tax­pay­ers who wish to make pay­ment ar­range­ments are ad­vised to go to their near­est SARS branch or call the SARS Con­tact Cen­tre on 0800 00 7277.

Three main pay­ment chan­nels are avail­able, in­clud­ing eFil­ing, via a bank or EFT.

SARS branches do not ac­cept pay­ments, whether cash or cheque. –

AU sum­mit closes with calls for erad­i­cat­ing cor­rup­tion

The 30th African Union (AU) sum­mit con­cluded on Mon­day with a call for strength­en­ing African unity and the fight against cor­rup­tion. The sum­mit, which was held at the head­quar­ters of the pan African block in Ethiopia's cap­i­tal Ad­dis Ababa from 22 – 29 Jan­uary, un­der­scored the need to erad­i­cate cor­rup­tion and poverty on the African con­tent, to­gether with fast-track­ing the re­al­i­sa­tion of AU's flag­ship Agenda 2063.

Paul Kagame, Rwan­dan Pres­i­dent and cur­rent chair of the African Union, said in his clos­ing re­marks that the sum­mit was suc­cess­ful, with ma­jor de­ci­sions that will go a long way in help­ing the con­ti­nent achieve its short, medium and long-term goals and pros­per­ity of Africa.

Moussa Faki Ma­hamat, the chair of the AU Com­mis­sion, said the choice of the fight against cor­rup­tion is a “very rel­e­vant choice”.

"This scourge is im­pact­ing the de­vel­op­ment of Africa," he said, adding that "it is a nec­es­sary im­per­a­tive to fight cor­rup­tion, which is a mat­ter that has to be ev­ery­one's con­cern”.


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