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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.”

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