- Six suspects have been arrested for allegedly defrauding SARS of almost R1 million
- The suspects are being charged with money laundering and contravening the Tax Administration Act, Act 28 of 2011
- The six allegedly received money illegally between 2015 and 2017
The Hawks have swept down on six people who allegedly tried to defraud SARS out of nearly R1 million.
Themba Mabandla Pila, 34, Sthembiso Nelson Ubisi, 40, Baby Martha Malomane, 39, Themba Edlon Ndlovu, 46, Patricia Nobuhle Ndlovu, 46, and Caswell Thokozani Shongw, 40 were arrested by the authorities on the 29th of April.
The six face charges of money laundering and contravening the Tax Administration Act, Act 28 of 2011.
The spokesperson for the Hawks in Mpumalanga, Captain Dineo Lucy Sekgotodi revealed that the six had allegedly defrauded SARS between the dates 2015 and 2017.
Earlier, Briefly News reported that the Hawks says that they are formally investigating two instances of supposed theft – totalling over R41 quadrillion.
The cases match with allegations made by senior ANC official Tokyo Sexwale a week ago, where he claimed that a massive measure of cash had been taken from the public coffers.
While not straightforwardly referencing Sexwale by name, the Hawks said that the cases were opened by an individual professing to be named by the administration as a measurable specialist.
According to a report by Business Insider, the complainant submitted two archives - one at 101 pages, and another at 213 pages – charging that assets were plundered and lost to illegal tax avoidance, extortion and other genuine wrongdoings.
In other news, a 33-year-old man reportedly offered a police officer R10 000 as a bribe to persuade him out of opening a docket when he and a 26-year-old woman were arrested in Klerksdorp just before the weekend.
The Hawks' Serious Organised Crime Investigation team arrested the two suspects during an intelligence-driven operation on Friday, 23 April. Police searched the residence of the duo and found two blocks of suspected 'cat' and smaller bags with meth.
The estimated street value of the drugs was around R1.5 million. The man, a foreign national, reportedly asked to speak to one of the police officers involved in the arrests, where he produced and offered the R10 000.
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