06 December 2020.
Mpumalanga- A Mpumalanga man, Sipho Andrew Philane 58, appeared before Nelspruit Magistrate on Friday 4 December 2020 for fraud and tax evasion, Captain Dineo Lucy Sekgotodi Mpumalanga Hawks provincial spokesperson said.
“The accused was arrested earlier the same day when a Hawks Serious Commercial Crime Investigation which revealed that the suspect was a member of the registered company Sipho Zethu Trading CC where his daughter Thato Charmain Philane is the sole director.
Sekgotodi said that in April 2017 both father and daughter colluded with another to register a company to claim undue funds through misrepresentation, defrauding and prejudicing the South Africa Revenue Service the amount of R 995 370.56. Transfers were made from Sipho Zethu Trading bank account into Philane’s personal bank account.
“Philane was released on R5000 and the case was postponed to 14 December 2020 for Specialized Prosecutor and adding of adding of another accused, said Captain Sekgotodi.