Family arrested for alleged R1.2 Million PPE Fraud

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Tebogo Msimanga |

A female and two males appeared in the Palm Ridge Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on alleged tax fraud.

It is alleged that in June and July 2020, Mzwandile Collin Nxumalo (38) and his wife, Lebogang Dibakoane (33) together with a brother, Sanele Nxumalo (29), Directors at Umnothozwide Enterprise CC allegedly created fraudulent invoices and submitted them to the South African Revenue Services (SARS) for a R25 million payment received from the Department of Health in Gauteng to supply personal protective equipment (PPEs).

Captain Ndivhuwo Mulamu of Gauteng Hawks said the matter was referred to the Hawks’ Serious Corruption and Commercial Crime Investigation teams in Germiston for a further investigation. “Investigation revealed that the money owed to SARS by Umnothozwide Enterprise CC was approximately R1,2 million.”

Mulamu said warrants of arrest were issued for the three accused to be apprehended. The trio handed themselves in at the Hawks offices in Johannesburg on Monday. They were charged with fraud and for Contravening the Tax Administration Act. They appeared in court on the same day where each was granted R10 000 bail.

The case is postponed to 22 October 2021 for further investigation.

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