Bonang Matheba to be arrested if she doesn't show up in court today over tax fraud

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TV personality and businesswoman Bonang Matheba has been summonsed to appear in the Johannesburg Specialised Commercialised Crimes Court on Thursday  over alleged tax fraud, or a warrant for her arrest will be issued.

The National Prosecuting Authority confirmed to TshisaLIVE that Bonang was set to step into the witness box to answer questions over her personal and business tax.

The warrant for her arrest was benched by Magistrate Benita Oswell last month after she failed to appear in court. Oswell warned that the warrant would be effective if she does not appear in person on Thursday.

Bonang’s legal team had argued that she was not able to attend court last time because she had been invited abroad and gave a short description of her itenary.

However, the state argued that the star was told about the court appearance before she accepted the invitation abroad and did not make attempts to have the matter heard before she left.

According to her Instagram posts, the star was in New York until Wednesday afternoon (SA time) when she appeared to have taken a flight. A post on her Instagram Story page on Thursday morning showed she was still in transit.

Bonang’s management, Celebrity Services Africa (CSA), told TshisaLIVE that as much as they were surprised by the situation, she would comply with Sars and allow the law to take its course.

“The recent enquiry came as a surprise to Ms Matheba, nonetheless Ms Matheba has full respect and will comply with Sars, the South African legal system and processes,” her manager Davin Phillips said.

The added that the star had also hired a new audit team to work with Sars in an attempt to sort out her issues with the taxman.

Bonang’s alleged tax troubles first made headlines in August when Sunday World reported that she was being investigated for failing to submit her full tax returns. The report claimed the matter was allegedly adjourned, pending the outcome of further investigations.

Bonang slammed the report on social media and CSA told TshisaLIVE the story allegedly “contains factual errors” and that Bonang “was never summonsed to appear and never appeared on charges of tax fraud”.

Bonang’s lawyers confirmed to TshisaLIVE they served the paper with a letter of demand and that they were suing the paper for R10-million. Sunday World issued a statement rejecting any claims that the story was “fake” and said they stood by it.

TV personality and businesswoman Bonang Matheba has been summonsed to appear in the Johannesburg Specialised Commercialised Crimes Court on Thursday over alleged tax fraud, or a warrant for her arrest will be issued.

The National Prosecuting Authority confirmed to TshisaLIVE that Bonang was set to step into the witness box to answer questions over her personal and business tax.

The warrant for her arrest was benched by Magistrate Benita Oswell last month after she failed to appear in court. Oswell warned that the warrant would be effective if she does not appear in person on Thursday.

Bonang’s legal team had argued that she was not able to attend court last time because she had been invited abroad and gave a short description of her itenary.

However, the state argued that the star was told about the court appearance before she accepted the invitation abroad and did not make attempts to have the matter heard before she left.

According to her Instagram posts, the star was in New York until Wednesday afternoon (SA time) when she appeared to have taken a flight. A post on her Instagram Story page on Thursday morning showed she was still in transit.

Bonang’s management, Celebrity Services Africa (CSA), told TshisaLIVE that as much as they were surprised by the situation, she would comply with Sars and allow the law to take its course.

“The recent enquiry came as a surprise to Ms Matheba, nonetheless Ms Matheba has full respect and will comply with Sars, the South African legal system and processes,” her manager Davin Phillips said.

The added that the star had also hired a new audit team to work with Sars in an attempt to sort out her issues with the taxman.

Bonang’s alleged tax troubles first made headlines in August when Sunday World reported that she was being investigated for failing to submit her full tax returns. The report claimed the matter was allegedly adjourned, pending the outcome of further investigations.

Bonang slammed the report on social media and CSA told TshisaLIVE the story allegedly “contains factual errors” and that Bonang “was never summonsed to appear and never appeared on charges of tax fraud”.

Bonang’s lawyers confirmed to TshisaLIVE they served the paper with a letter of demand and that they were suing the paper for R10-million. Sunday World issued a statement rejecting any claims that the story was “fake” and said they stood by it.

-Times Live


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