Judgment reserved in King’s tax fraud case

PRETORIA – Tax fraud accused Dave King’s lawyers on Tuesday argued an interdict and eviction application by a court-appointed curator was unnecessary because their client intended appealing his appointment in March.

The curator approached the North Gauteng High Court after King illegally occupied the luxury Plettenberg Bay home in December.

That house and two others, all valued at about R150 million, have been attached to be sold to recover part of the more than R2.6 billion king owes the South African Revenue Service (Sars).

Advocate Don Williams questioned curator Cloete Murray’s authority in asking the court to evict his client from his Plettenberg Bay holiday home.

He added that King was appealing Murray’s appointment as curator in two months’ time.

But advocate Ben Swart said while that might be the case, the preservation order appointing Murray in November was valid.

Cutting the water and electricity services to King’s holiday homes were among the measures taken to get him to leave.

The Plettenberg Bay home was the scene of several altercations between King, Murray, the police and guards appointed by the two parties.

Williams described the incidents as “Jerry- Springer-like” shenanigans.

Murray said at one stage, King locked himself inside the house, but told police he was being held prisoner there.

Murray argued that King had no right to be in the house because, as curator, he had taken occupation of it.

Judgment has been reserved.

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