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Alleged Eastern Cape tax fraudster released on R20k . bail



An alleged tax fraudster from the Eastern Cape was released on bail by the East London Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.

Aphiwe Lihle Gulwa, 33, was released on R20,000 bail after being charged with tax fraud.

It is alleged that Gulwa was a sole director of Lihle Izizi PTY Ltd, a value added tax (VAT) company registered with the South African Revenue Services (Sars).

Police spokesman Captain Yolisa Mgolodela said Gulwa was also a registered tax adviser and responsible for all tax affairs of his company.

“It is alleged that Gulwa filed VAT 201 returns for 2019 and 2020 with Sars through E-filling and is claiming an input tax refund worth over R14 million which was allegedly not owed to his company.

“As a result of the investigation by the Hawks’ East London-based Serious Commercial Crime Investigation team on behalf of SARS, Gulwa was arrested on February 17, 2022 and released on bail the same day,” Mgolodela said in a statement. statement

The case was referred back for legal aid before March 11, 2022.

Curated by Kgomotso Pooko

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