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In a letter sent by her lawyer to Treasury it states: “The plaintiff’s relationship with Mr Hariri was terminated, which resulted in the loss of financial benefits that would have accrued to her from the relationship if it had been allowed to persist without outside interference.”
The court cases and the accompanying publicity strained the relationship between her and her father so much that they became estranged for a time. Certain friends and business associates were also hesitant to be associated with her, she said.
As a result of Sars’ conduct, Van der Merwe said she still could not practise her chosen profession, modelling.
According to her 2014 tax return, attached to the letter sent to the minister, she earned R3 333 from an advertising agency and her declared income from other modelling work came to R11 530. The year before that, she earned just over R20 000 from modelling.
The donation in 2013 was a round figure of
$15 299 965.
Van der Merwe said in previous court papers that she used R98.6 million of that money to buy three properties in Cape Town. A further R25 million was loaned to Luera Movables, a company her father is involved in.
Her father was also the agent who facilitated the receipt of the donation at Standard Bank.
Van der Merwe said she used her father as an agent for her financial affairs because she did not have any grounding in business and because he was an experienced businessman.
These factors caused Sars, who were involved in a dispute with her father, to become suspicious about the transaction.
Van der Merwe said it was embarrassing and utterly inconvenient to continuously ask a curator for her own money when her assets were frozen.
Among other things, she said, she needed money for four “domestic servants”, four gardeners and groundsmen, as well as three security guards.
Treasury spokesperson Jabulani Sikhakhane confirmed that it had received the letter about the new court case, but said: “Unfortunately, we cannot comment on this at the moment.”