Mpumalanga – Four suspects appeared in court for tax evasion

Simangaliso Ennocent Khoza (36), Nhlanhla France Nyambi (42), Marcus Madala Mdluli (43), and Sabelo Given Khumala (34), appeared before the Nelspruit Magistrate’s Court for alleged fraud and tax evasion on Wednesday.

The four were arrested earlier on the same day following a Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation which revealed that they colluded and defrauded the South African Revenue Service (SARS), through misrepresentations.

Their modus operandi was that around 2017, they registered dormant entities including; Khuzumdumo General Trading and Smangalisobusisiwe General Trading. Fictitious tax returns were then submitted to SARS resulting in actual losses of approximately R3.8 million.

About a week ago, Simangaliso Ennocent Khoza was initially arrested with his partner, Busisiwe Prudence Nkosi (35), a sole director of Madam and Eve General Trading. The pair was charged in for fraud, theft and money laundering in contraventions of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act as well as the provisions of the Tax Administration Act. They were both released on R10 000 bail each.

Further investigation has linked Khoza to other entities established for a common purpose of defrauding SARS through fraudulently tax returns. The money would then be paid into the other arrested syndicates’ accounts and further laundered into family and friends’ bank accounts.

The Court has extended Nkosi’s bail from his previous appearance. Nyambi was released on a R3000 bail, Mdluli was released on a R5000 bail whilst, Khumalo was released on warning. The group is expected back in court on 14 December 2020.