Suspended Samsa official fuels fire regarding ‘suspicious’ sea voyages
Former COO warns of possible tax evasion in offshore bunkering sector, but company involved denies claims
A report by a former head of the South African Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa) has raised concerns about possible tax evasion in the country’s offshore bunkering business.
The allegations are contained in a strongly worded report to the authority’s board from its former COO, Sobantu Tilayi, who has since been placed on precautionary suspension, along with two other senior officials.
Tilayi flagged questionable sea voyages by South African Marine Fuels (SAMF), one of three companies allowed to transfer fuel to and from tankers in local waters. The company has hit back at the allegations, insisting it has done nothing illegal. It has, however, confirmed it is embroiled in “ongoing declaratory relief proceedings before the high court” involving Samsa...