The protracted case in which SARS seeks to recover R388m from businessman Mark Lifman took another turn in the High Court on Tuesday when a third party sought to intervene in the case.

A Cape Argus report says both the lawyers for Lifman and SARS refused to divulge the identity of the third party or release copies of the court papers.

SARS has been seeking, since 2015, to recover the outstanding tax, asking the court to liquidate his various businesses to recoup the money, but Lifman insists the businesses are viable and must only be placed under business rescue.

The amount is confirmed in an affidavit from senior SARS manager Keith Hendrickse and papers presented to its attorneys, MacRobert Incorporated.

In papers, SARS maintains that the commencement of business rescue proceedings is yet another strategy in an ongoing effort by Lifman to evade settling the Lifman Group’s tax debts.

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