The Nelspruit Specialised Commercial Crime Court has ordered a 40-year-old woman to repay R160 000 to the South African Revenue Service(SARS) on behalf of her company.
The court also ordered Rejoice Magagule, the director of Fundzani Trading, to six years in prison but suspended the sentence for five years, meaning she will spend one year in prison for her crime.
Magagule had submitted false tax returns on behalf of the company, causing Sars to lose R162 481.
Colonel Katlego Mogale, a Hawks spokesperson, stated Magagule later transferred the monies to her personal account.
Fraud and money laundering charges were filed against her.
“The accused was sentenced to six years’ imprisonment, suspended for five years on condition that she is not convicted of fraud in the period of the suspended sentence.
“On count two, she was sentenced six years’ imprisonment, wholly suspended for five years on condition that the accused not be convicted on charges of contravening the provisions of Sections 4, 5 and 6 of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act.”
According to Sekgotodi, the case has been referred to the Priority Crime Specialised Investigation and Asset Forfeiture sections for additional investigation.
“The application for a confiscation order has been submitted in terms of Section 18 of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act.”
The enquiry has been postponed to October 10, 2023.