Mpisane trial: State witness a no-show

2012-11-07 18:22

Durban - A State witness scheduled to testify in the trial-within-a-trial of businesswoman Shauwn Mpisane failed to arrive at the Durban Regional Court on Wednesday.

The matter was adjourned for Thursday. The State was expected to bring a senior official from the SA Revenue Services to testify.

Mabongi Flora-Junior "Shauwn" Mpisane is accused of inflating invoices by more than R5m 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.

Mpisane's lawyer was challenging the admissibility of evidence submitted by the State.

The State has submitted as evidence 148 invoices it obtained from Mpisane during Sars' alternative dispute resolution process.

According to Sars legislation, any information provided during this process was confidential.

State advocate Meera Naidu explained that her witness was travelling from Pretoria and would testify on Thursday.

  • debduplessis - 2012-11-07 18:37

    didn't there / used to be a law to say if you were expected in court and just didn't pitch, you would be arrested for "in contempt of court"? ... what happened to it and why is it no longer upheld?

      charlesbronson.bronson - 2012-11-08 07:46

      Zuma (e-toti) you are the most corrupted lying thief!!!!

  • ross.urquhart1 - 2012-11-07 19:39

    Fishy ....... something smells very fishy !!

  • joe.smit.549 - 2012-11-07 19:57

    Let's find a way to get the case thrown out. Then we can all be encouraged to spend our lives breaking the law, and stealing tax payers money. The Rainbow Nation. How pathetic!

  • helmut.smrz - 2012-11-07 20:16

    It stink's

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2012-11-07 20:16

    Ja right.

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