Meet the SA model who got R212 million from Lebanese Prime Minister

Meet the SA model who got R212 million from Lebanese Prime Minister

- Local bikini model Candice van der Merwe made news headlines after she received a whopping R212 million cash payment from the prime minister of Lebanon, Saad Hariri

- Hariri started sending money to van der Merwe in 2013 after they started seeing each other

- The model reportedly sued SARS for R1 billion as she claimed their interference severed ties between herself and Hariri, which resulted in the loss of potential future income

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Local bikini model Candice van der Merwe earned global attention when details of her relationship with the prime minister of Lebanon, Saad Hariri, became public.

The striking thing about the pair was that Hariri reportedly gave the model a staggering R212 million gift in 2013.

Aside from the massive monetary value, eyebrows were raised when it emerged that van der Merwe was 20 years of age at the time.

Hariri is married and when details of their relationship emerged, he severed ties with the young lady.

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Van der Merwe has had numerous battles with SARS regarding the R212 million windfall as she argued that it should be deemed a gift and exempt from tax. previously reported that van der Merwe was taking SARS to court earlier this year and suing them for damages in the region of R1 billion.

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Upon receiving the substantial gift from Hariri, the swimsuit model bought properties in excess of $10 million, along with other lavish expenses.

However, van der Merwe argued that she was forced to sell her flagship property in Fresnaye, Cape Town, due to the tax man meddling in her affairs.

The New York Times reported that a settlement was previously reached in 2016, but van der Merwe subsequently appealed the ruling and a judge dismissed the case this month.

The beautiful model now argues that SARS owes her for damages as a result of Hariri heading for the hills, thereby restricting her cash flow.

Van der Merwe's court battles come at a terrible time for Hariri as his political and business empires lay in ruins.

As a result, his companies have been struggling to pay their employees.

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