MAN­DOZA DIED IN BIG DEBT

Sunday World - - FRONT PAGE - NGWAKO MALATJI ng­wakom@sun­day­world.co.za

THE tax­man is fu­ri­ously knock­ing on the grave of the late kwaito star Man­doza de­mand­ing pay­ment for his es­ca­lat­ing tax bill. Sun­day World can ex­clu­sively re­veal the award-win­ning mega star, real name Mduduzi Ed­mund Tsha­bal­ala, owed the SA Rev­enue Ser­vice more than R670 000 by 2012. The shock­ing amount, which is likely to bank­rupt the mu­si­cian s in­di­gent es­tate, was ’ as a re­sult of his fail­ure to sub­mit his per­sonal tax re­turns for sev­eral years. In a bid to re­cover what is due to him, the tax­man suc­cess­fully ap­plied for judg­ment at the South Gaut­eng High Court in 2012 af­ter the mu­si­cian al­legedly dilly dal­lied in set­tling the bill. It is al­leged the bill has bal­looned to more than R1-mil­lion due to the in­ter­est the ac­count has ac­crued since the judg­ment was ob­tained. A court doc­u­ment re­vealed the mu­si­cian owed SARS more than R398 000 plus R274 500 in in­ter­est. A court of­fi­cial who dealt with the case, con­firmed the Godoba singer did not set­tle his bill be­fore his death. If he had set­tled his bill, his lawyers “would have ap­plied for re­ces­sion of judg­ment, which would have been in­cluded in the file. So who is go­ing to pay for this bill,” asked the of­fi­cial. The of­fi­cial also said the bill might have sky-rock­eted to more than R1-mil­lion due to in­ter­est SARS charges for tar­di­ness. Man­doza s wife ’ Mpho said: No “com­ment, please leave Mduduzi s ’ name alone, have ubuntu. Leave me “alone; what do you want me to say?” SARS spokesman Sandile Mamela said: SARS “is bound by the con­fi­den­tial­ity clause of the Tax Ad­min­is­tra­tion Act to not dis­cuss or di­vulge the af­fairs of in­di­vid­ual tax pay­ers. Thus we can­not com­ment on the Man­doza case or any other mat­ter.” Man­doza died last month af­ter a lengthy bat­tle with can­cer. He was buried at the Heroes Acre at the West Park Ceme­tery in Joburg.

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