Celebri­ties feel the heat over tax eva­sion

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

A pha­lanx of high-pro­file South African celebri­ties are be­ing crim­i­nally in­ves­ti­gated by the Hawks while oth­ers are be­ing pros­e­cuted for fraud re­lat­ing to their taxes.

Sun­day World can re­veal for­mer Gen­er­a­tions ac­tress Katle­goDanke ap­pearedin the Jo­han­nes­burg Mag­is­trate’s Court on Au­gust 21 for fraud.

Danke, who now plays Kgothalo on Isidingo , was warned to ap­pear in the same court nextmonth after the case was post­poned for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The sul­try thes­pian found her­self ac­cused of be­ing on the wrong side of the law after SARS opened a case of fraud against her at Joburg Cen­tral po­lice sta­tion in March. Ac­cord­ing to a po­lice state­ment, Danke al­legedly failed to submither­per­sonal taxre­turns­for the years 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

NPA South Gaut­eng spokesper­son Phindi Mjonond­wane con­firmed Danke ap­peared in court for fraud re­lat­ing to her per­sonal in­come tax, but said it was un­known how much Danke al­legedly owes the tax­man.

“The mat­ter re­lates to late fil­ing of in­come tax re­turns only,” she said.

Sun­day World learnt that the Hawks also plunged their talons into for­mer Kaizer Chiefs de­fender turned busi­ness­man Jimmy Tau for fraud re­lat­ing to his taxes.

This after he sub­mit­ted his in­come tax re­turns late.

Mjonond­wane con­firmed that Tau found him­self on thewrong­side of the law and paid R300 ad­mis­sion of guilt fine when he ap­peared in the Joburg Mag­is­trate’s Court on May 22. “Mr Tau paid anad­mis­sion of guilt fine, ad­mit­ting he sub­mit­ted one in­come tax re­turn late. The fine was R300 and the case was fi­nalised,” she said.

Another foot­ball star, Teko Modise, also faced fraud charges for al­legedly drib­bling the tax­man. This after he al­legedly failed to sub­mit his per­sonal tax re­turns. Ac­cord­ingto a po­lice state­ment seen by Sun­day World, the for­mer

Mamelodi Sun- downs­mid­fielder failed to submithis­tax re­turns for the years 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

“He was sum­monsed to ap­pear in court and paid an ad­mis­sion of guilt fine of R1 000 per re­turn for late fil­ing of five in­come tax re­turns,” said Mjonond­wane.

She fur­ther said it was un­known how much the for­mer Bafana Bafana footie owed the tax­man.

“[The] mat­ter re­lated to late fil­ing of in­come tax re­turns only,” she said.

Kaizer Chiefs goal­keeper Itume­leng Khune is also be­ing crim­i­nally in­ves­ti­gated by the Hawks for fraud. Ac­cord­ing to a po­lice state­ment seen by Sun­day World, the Bafana Bafana num­ber one goalie al­legedly failed to sub­mit his tax re­turns for the years 2016 and 2017.

Mjonond­wane con­firmed the case against Khune, say­ing “[the] mat­ter [is] pend­ing [and Khune] has not ap­peared in court”.

Khune could not be reached on his cell­phone for com­ment but re­sponded to­ques­tions sent to him bySMS with­e­moti­cons of a laugh­ing face.

Danke, Tau and Modise could not be reached for com­men­tatthe time­of­go­ingto press. Kaizer Chiefs spokesper­son Vina Maphosa said this was Khune’s pri­vate mat­ter and de­clined to com­ment.

Katlego DankeBONANG TAX MAT­TER

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.