Hawks pounce on Queen B as SARS zooms in on taxes

Star’s case to be fur­ther in­ves­ti­gated

Sunday World - - Sunday Report - By Ng­wako Malatji ng­wakom@sun­day­world.co.za

Top ra­dio and TV pre­sen­ter Bo­nang Matheba was sum­monsed to ap­pear in the Joburg Spe­cialised Com­mer­cial Crime Court on Mon­day for tax fraud.

But Matheba only ap­peared in the court on Wed­nes­day, ap­par­ently af­ter mak­ing ar­range­ments with of­fi­cials from the Hawks.

The mat­ter was ad­journed sine dine( in­def­i­nitely) pend­ing the out­come of fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

Gaut­eng Hawks spokesper­son Ndi­vhuwo Mu­lamu con­firmed the case but de­clined to re­veal the name of the sus­pect.

“Of­fice of the Direc­torate for Pri­or­ity Crime In­ves­ti­ga­tion, Se­ri­ous Com­mer­cial Crimes Unit, re­ceived a num­ber of com­plaints­from SARSa­gainst high-pro­file busi­ness peo­ple for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­gard­ing tax re­turn mat­ters.

“How­ever, we can­not at this mo­ment con­firm who the sus­pect is since they have not yet ap­peared in court or been charged. This­mat­ter is still un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” she said.

SARS spokesper­son Sandile Memela de­clined to comment on the mat­ter.

“Asyou maybe aware, SARS does not­di­vulge spe­cific de­tails on the af­fairs of tax­pay­ers. SARS is bound by chap­ter 6 of the Tax Ad­min­is­tra­tion Act 2011 deal­ing with con­fi­den­tial­ity of in­for­ma­tion.”

Mean­while, Na­tional Pros­e­cut­ing Author­ity South Gaut­eng spokesper­son Phindi Mjonond­wane con­firmed Matheba had ap­peared in court.

“The mat­ter was not placed on the roll pend­ing fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” she said.

Two court of­fi­cials who are close to the case claimed that Matheba’s le­gal woes were as a re­sult of her al­leged fail­ure to sub­mit her full tax re­turns.

“What these celebri­ties do is sub­mit their tax re­turns cov­er­ing work they do dur­ing the course of the year but de­lib­er­ately omit to de­clare in­come they make dur­ing fes­tive sea­sons orEaster week­ends, which are the pe­ri­ods in which they make lots and lots of money.”

An­other of­fi­cial echoed the same sen­ti­ments.

“She failed to sub­mit her tax re­turns and as re­sult SARS asked the Hawks to help them bring her to book.

“They have not ac­tu­ally made ac­tual cal­cu­la­tions but be­cause they de­cided to go the crim­i­nal route, it should be more than amil­lion.”

Matheba’s pub­li­cist Davin Phillips said: “It ap­pears there are fac­tual er­rors in your email, Miss Matheba was never “sum­monsed to ap­pear” and never “ap­peared on charges of tax fraud”.

“… should you pub­lish any­thing that is harm­ful or de­tracts from our client’s good name and rep­u­ta­tion, we shall im­me­di­ately ex­er­cise all reme­dies in law, in­clud­ing a sub­stan­tial claim for dam­ages …”

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