Mpisane: More charges in Pinetown in case ‘intertwined’ with tax fraud charges

2012-11-28 00:00

PROSECUTORS are not yet finished with tax fraud accused Shauwn Mpisane and more charges may be coming her way.

The Durban housing boss appeared briefly in the Pinetown Regional Court yesterday where she is facing one count of corruption and one of defeating the ends of justice.

She is alleged to have asked a witness in another case of hers to amend some invoices.

The matter was postponed for further investigation to February 15 next year.

Prosecutor Meera Naidu indicated she may add further charges on that date. She didn’t specify what the counts would be.

Mpisane, out on R50 000 bail in Pinetown, is currently on trial in the Durban Magistrate’s Court, where she has pleaded not guilty to 119 charges, all but one of them for tax fraud.

Naidu, who is also prosecuting in that matter, has tried unsuccessfully to add the two cases together, arguing they were “intertwined”.

Next Monday the trial resumes when magistrate Blessing Msani is scheduled to rule on the admissibility of evidence. Mpisane’s legal team has challenged every scrap of documentation being used by Naidu, saying all her evidence was given to the South African Revenue Services (SARS) in confidence and was protected by law.

Naidu has argued, in turn, that the evidence comprising invoices, VAT receipts and other accounting records was routine and due to SARS in the normal course of completing assessments.

Msani’s ruling is crucial to the progress of the case, which has stuttered along since Mpisane’s arrest last June.

Charged along with her is her company Zikhulise Cleaning, Maintenance and Transport CC, which has been the main vehicle for her wealth accumulated through government construction tenders.

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