Mpisane back in court for fraud

2013-07-22 08:16

Johannesburg - The trial of businesswoman Shauwn Mpisane, accused of fraud and forgery involving R4.7m, is expected to continue in the Durban Regional Court on Monday.

At her last court appearance on 8 July, the State was accused of suppressing information in the Mpisane trial.

Rafik Bhana, SC, for Mpisane, said the defence had less than half of the statements contained in the State's docket.

Bhana said the State had not disclosed all the statements in its possession and had also failed to furnish the defence with all requested statements.

"The prosecutor cannot decide what is relevant and not relevant," he said.

Bhana said Mpisane's rights to a fair trial had been compromised.

He asked for time to make representations to the National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) regarding the conduct of the State and for the NDPP to consider the defence's representations.

Mpisane is accused of inflating invoices by more than R5m in an attempt to cut her tax bill.

She is also accused of violating the Close Corporations Act by remaining the sole member of Zikhulise Cleaning, Maintenance, and Transport CC when she had a previous fraud conviction.

She has pleaded not guilty.

  • Nemukumbini Shonza - 2013-07-22 08:24

    Pleaded not guilty............. Can't blame her, just to donate money to build Inkandla for Zuma, i was also going to plead not guilty.........

      Terry Elkington - 2013-07-22 11:23

      Drove past their house over the weekend. Very expensive cars parked inside again and obviously living there. Lots of expensive landscaping going on. Apparently just been awarded another tender for housing worth R482 mill. Must be more crooked people involved !!

  • Jan Brand - 2013-07-22 08:44

    Lock her up and throw the keys away, sell all here assets and give the money to the homeless people. We don't need more crooks in this country what showerhead is running. No brains showerhead some people are stealing from you, Nakandla project are going to suffer a bit, but they are going to steal somewhere else.

  • Winifred Watson - 2013-07-22 08:52

    I dont see why when we all pay our tax to SARS even have to pay a percentage of our hard earned savings when this lady with all her ill gotten wealth can manage to fiddle her tax, when she has so much, is nothing but greed and she needs to go to jail. The problem is will she, I believe she will fall into the same class as those protected from the law, they will find some technicality to let her off scott free.

      Ras Thami M - 2013-07-22 09:15

      Ill gotten wealth?? I don't see any charges of tender fraud ,and she goes to jail what about the people who are relying on her company for a living ,well she deserves a fine like all those major companies who were found guilty for tender fixing

  • Lungelo Nsibande - 2013-07-22 09:09

    Is this fear! Big companies have since apologies for price fixing, they have never been ask about their tax fixing. In the name of foreign investors and Capitalist approach.

      CALAMITYSA - 2013-07-22 10:12

      No its FAIR. And the big companies did pay tax.

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      Deon Kruger - 2013-07-22 09:18

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      Israel - 2013-07-22 10:53

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      randomhero6661 - 2013-07-22 11:05

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  • Paddy Nolan - 2013-07-22 09:18

    And she's fat & ugly even with those expensive European clothes that I probably paid for.

      Ron Bilyard - 2013-07-22 09:44

      Just goes to show that money cant buy you class.

      Feik Mc Heither - 2013-07-22 10:04

      That's childish and uncalled for.

      Ras Thami M - 2013-07-22 10:41

      And your point is??? Let me guess you calling her fat and ugly because you want to make yourself feel better ,let me guess you one of those who has self esteem problems beauty magazines play an influence on how you look ...

  • CALAMITYSA - 2013-07-22 10:09

    Bhana - denial is a culture! Ask her to admit guilt and settle your account. You are wasting the courts time.

  • Marco Engelbrecht - 2013-07-22 11:57

    A criminal in a suit is not a business women... its just a well dressed criminal! Come on News24! Get you facts straight!

  • Sontshatsha Kwezi - 2013-07-22 12:10

    All the best, I guess you are proud of yourself.

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