Sars witnesses’ absence delays Thulani Sibuyi fraud trial

2014-09-10 18:13

Witnesses from the South African Revenue Service (Sars) were not available to testify today in the fraud trial of former Mpumalanga safety and security head of department, Thulani Sibuyi, and a security company boss.

Sibuyi and GNT Security owner, Stevens Mashaba, appeared in the Nelspruit Regional Court. Sibuyi approved the awarding of a security tender to GNT while the company allegedly did not have a valid tax clearance certificate.

The state prosecutor, Advocate Patrick Nkuna, told the court: “Sars officials who are the main witnesses are not available to testify. One was booked off for an operation and may not be available for six weeks while the other one is no longer working for Sars.”

The state called two witnesses – legal advisor in the safety and security department, Landiwe Nkosi, and director for supply chain in the provincial treasury department, Robert Masango.

It emerged that an intelligence report indicated that GNT did not have a clean credit record following a judgment against it in 2008, but Nkosi said that credit history was not an essential requirement to disqualify a company from being awarded the tender.

The State Security report did not say companies with a bad credit record must be disqualified. It warned that there might be problems in the future.

Magistrate Vanessa Joubert postponed the case to tomorrow. Sibuyi and Mashaba are out on R50 000 bail each.

The department awarded security services to 18 companies two years ago, but the prices increased from about R990 million over three years to about R7 billion.

Mpumalanga cabinet had to approve a R275 million bail-out for the department last year because of the security expense.

Mabuza has since dispatched support teams to safety and security, health and agriculture departments in order to assist them recover from their financial distress.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.