Mpisane now facing 173 tax charges

2011-11-24 11:24

Durban - The State has increased the number of tax related charges against Durban businesswoman Shawn Mpisane, the Mercury newspaper reported on Thursday.

Mpisane's charges moved from a provisional 59 to 173. The amount said to be involved rose from R2.5m to R4.7m.

The SA Revenue Services has laid criminal charges against her company, Zikhulise Cleaning, Maintenance and Transport.

She is out on R50 000 bail for alleged fraud and forgery.

Lavish lifestyle

Mpisane came under scrutiny when it emerged that her husband, Sbu, a former Durban metro policeman, had been spotted driving expensive cars. He was still a police officer when the story broke.

It has been widely reported that the couple is "super-rich" with a fleet of luxury cars including a Rolls Royce Phantom and Lamborghinis.

They also own a R15m mansion, and are known for their lavish parties which are attended by politicians and celebrities.

In 2009, Mpisane reportedly received R219m from the eThekwini municipality to build low-income houses on 4 500 sites in Umlazi.

However, the National Home Builders' Registration Council found defects in more than 1 000 of 3 000 houses built by Zikhulise.

Of the defects, 30% were serious and would require major renovations.

The matter was adjourned for February 6.

  • Ian - 2011-11-24 11:30

    ...and yet she is still receiving new tenders?

      ServaasD - 2011-11-24 11:52

      Funny how the state is increasing it against her but dragging their feet with little woodwork idiot.

      Makatikamusona - 2011-11-24 11:52

      New tenders?

      procold2 - 2011-11-24 11:53

      best punishment take away what they used to, confiscate their assets and freeze bank acc's until case is done and dusted.

      Sean - 2012-02-03 04:26

      @procold - I would also love to see the look on these criminal's faces if the vehicles could be confiscated by the assets forfature unit and put in a crusher right in front of their eyes, wouldn't you hehehe..... :-)

  • Hugh - 2011-11-24 11:35

    To make a correction. SARS did not pay attention to the taxes until a public outcry. That peaked in 2010 over the defective houses. Again we see FICA not being used to investigate the ANC. SARS would have nipped all the housing losses in the bud if they had done the audit when it first became apparent that the husband was living above his means. Like Malema, Zuma, Shaik, Yengeni, SARS only came to party when the S**t hit the fan and questions were being asked in the public domain.

      Mike - 2011-11-24 12:23

      And now, if the new Secrecy Bill is finalised, there's a chance that such cases will forever be "swept under the carpet"?

      Albert - 2011-11-24 12:27

      SARS should be investigated.

  • Ampers - 2011-11-24 11:37

    She is rather stupid, The ANC lead government's 1st commandment is "Thou shalt not steal as the government hates competition".

  • Refiloe - 2011-11-24 12:23

    Knowing who Mpisane is connected to, with the secrecy bill we should expect that all these charges will be filed away.

      Sean - 2012-02-03 04:30

      Money/favors under the table till public outcry and the government is obliged to "take action" and "investigate"!

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  • Ian - 2011-11-24 12:41

    Makatikamusona, it has been reported in the last 3 weeks that she received new business contracts from Ethekweni municipality. I am not saying she did, but I did read it in the news, hence I posed that question. And if she did, it is wrong. Her companies should be blacklisted from ever doing business with any government branches if they do such a poor job. I think there would be less of an outcry if her company built 3000 good homes, but these houses were breaking and falling down even before families could move in and yet the tender gets paid in full. I honestly don't know how she can sleep at night knowing she is stealing dignity from the poor and money from us. I think there is a reason she has so many armed guards positioned around her compound...

  • Andre - 2011-11-24 12:50

    What arrogance and disrespect for what is right!

  • alfie.dunn - 2011-11-24 13:07

    Hush,Hush and they all fall down...What comes around, goes around.

  • Pierre - 2011-11-24 14:13

    LOl you are literally Screwed, try explain all those charges away, Legally she can still get tenders as these are only charges, and no verdict on them has been passed

  • Siotine - 2011-11-24 14:40


      Sean - 2012-02-03 05:00

      Remember she was not alone in this scandal, the policeman/husband was/is well aware of the activities and sharing in the pickings - This is is why the general public has no morespect for any of the foiurces anymore, some or other time thebwheel turns and itall comes out onto the table! Just how long do these corrupt officials get away with it? How self incriminating for this, albeit former metro policeman to live so lavishly and think that someone will not get a sniff of this? These people must start realising that the general tax-paying public is keeping tyheir eyes on these criminals walking the streets and some or other time will be reported for investigation/auditing! We have seen enough of this to just let it dissappear, we have become very vigilant. If SARS has an anonimous reporting hotline, we will report suspected activities immediately. The poor/middle-class have to pay taxes to maintain the lavish lifestyles of the rich and super-rich! An action group/Scorpions task force should be set up to audit all these suspiciously lavish lifestyled people! I think a few large shocks will emerge from this. Court orders should be obtained when sufficient suspicion is obtained to warrant this and their doors should be knocked down and all paperwork confiscated before these guys get a sniff of what is to come and justice is to served upon these b.....trds that are making us poor/middel class pay higher taxes to make up for lost revenue!!!

  • acsteyn - 2012-01-29 16:27

    The building game is not for sissies, sissy. Ever tried hauling bricks in a Lamborghini? Ever carried cement in a Rolls? Man, then you have not lived, cause I do this to help the poor.

      Sean - 2012-02-03 05:01

      Well stated Acsteyn!

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