Model to sue Minister of Finance for R1b over ruined relationship

Model to sue Minister of Finance for R1b over ruined relationship

- Lingerie model Candice Swanepoel plans to sue Finance Minister Tito Mboweni for an amount of R1 billion

- The model claims that it is thanks to Mboweni and SARS' interference that her relationship with multi-millionaire Saad Hariri soured

- Hariri allegedly donated R212 million to Candice, which caused a dispute with SARS

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Candice van der Merwe, lingerie model, wants to sue Tito Mboweni, SA's Finance Minister, for several reasons.

The model is not impressed with Mboweni or SARS and wants R1 billion from Mboweni, according to a report by City Press.

The report indicates that court papers revealed Candice is suing Tito because he violated her rights, as well as for damage to her reputation.

This came after a R212 million 'donation' she received got scrutinised by SARS and led to a dispute between them and the model.

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According to Candice, she suffered under harassment over the donation for years. It came from a companion, she said.

The name of this companion is allegedly Saad Hariri - the very wealthy Prime Minister of Lebanon.

Candice said she was popular at The Plantation resort in the Seychelles because of her sober habits and personality. The Plantation is an exclusive luxury resort shrouded in mystery and enjoyed by the ridiculously rich.

Candice admitted she often sent models from her agency, Ice Models, over to the Seychelles. The visits are kept top-secret and no one talks about them.

This is where Candice met Saad. She was given the 'donation' of R212 million not long after.

After mentioning that her favourite cars are the Audi R8 and Range Rover Evoque, she was gifted the rides.

Briefly.co.za gathered that the relationship between Candice and Saad was described as boyfriend/girlfriend. At least, that's what Standard Bank and the South African Reserve Bank was told.

However, in 2013, SARS suspected the money belonged to her father, businessman Gary van der Merwe, and a tax investigation followed.

It was soon resolved, but Candice had to pay R44 million in income tax since the donation was classified as 'other income'.

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But thanks to all the drama with SARS, Saad chose to end his relationship with Candice, thereby ending her income (donations) from him.

As stated by Candice's lawyer, the interference from SARS soured the relationship:

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.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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