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Suzan Pheladi Raphaela, 32, and Sibusiso Sanele Mhlongo, 29, two business owners, appeared before the Pretoria Specialized Commercial Crimes Court on Thursday. They are accused of evading more than R10 million in taxes.

The two are accused of failing to register for VAT, as well as four counts of fraud involving more than R10 million in tax evasion and six counts of failing to file tax returns, according to Lumka Mahanjana, regional spokeswoman for the National Prosecution Authority (NPA).

PSR Solutions (Pty) (Ltd) is directed by Raphaela, and SA Business Accountants and Associates is directed by Mhlongo.

"Mahajan claimed that Raphaela and Mhlongo allegedly deceived Sars by using their companies to obtain an R45 million personal protective equipment (PPE) tender from the SAPS on April 3, 2020, which PSR Solutions then awarded to the latter company."

It is alleged that PSR Solutions was not registered as a VAT vendor when it got the SAPS tender. However, the R45 million payment from SAPS was not disclosed when the company eventually registered as a VAT vendor in June 2020, and as a result, it failed to return its tax value, according to Mahajan.

Mahanjana noted that Raphela's business disclosed the R45 million VAT amount after receiving notice from Sars that an audit was being carried out.

According to Mahanjana, "They falsely claimed R4.4 million with the help of SA Business Accountant and Associates, a company that submitted tax returns on behalf of PSR Solutions without any legitimate supporting papers."

For docket disclosure, the subject was tabled until August 2, 2022.

Sources: https://twitter.com/pretorianews/status/1542745819689934849?t=DLeS4_NNdKJl8E4hVaZdng&s=19

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