SARS loses more than R5m in three Mpumalanga fraud cases

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  • Three company directors have been arrested for fraud in Mpumalanga.
  • The directors are all accused of defrauding SARS in separate incidents.
  • In total, SARS lost an estimated total of R5 million in the three cases. 

Three Mpumalanga company directors have been arrested in three cases for tax evasion to the tune of more than R5 million.

In the first case, Lusuthu Abednigo Mabuza, 40, the sole director of Mpelani Construction (CC), was arrested on Monday for fraud and theft, and an alternative charge relating to the alleged contravention of the Tax Administration Act.

Hawks spokesperson Captain Dineo Lucy Sekgotodi said in a statement that the South African Revenue Service (SARS) paid funds into the company's bank account "through misrepresentation" and the funds were then paid into the accused's personal bank accounts.

It is alleged that SARS suffered a loss of more than R422 000.

Mabuza was released on R3 000 bail.

In the second case, Clifford Ndlovu, 47, the sole director of Majatshamile Trading CC was arrested on similar charges.

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In November 2019, Ndlovu received more than R987 000 from SARS. He was released on R5 000 bail.

Dennis Johannes Mabunda, 38, the sole director of Denmgobi Ali Trade (Pty) Ltd was arrested for fraud to the tune of R3.7 million.

"[A] preliminary probe by the Hawks' Serious Commercial Crime Investigation [team] in Mpumalanga revealed that in December 2019, Mabunda also received undue funds from the South African Revenue Service. The funds were paid into the company through misrepresentation and thereafter paid into his personal bank accounts," Sekgotodi said.

The accused was released on R3 000 bail.

All three cases have been postponed to 8 June 2021.

The entities were also charged in all three cases.

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