Additional accused arrested for R1.8 million fraud

MPUMALANGA – Nkosana Francis Zwane (35) and Lucky Nhlanhla Zwane (47) appeared before the Nelspruit Commercial Crimes Court on Tuesday, 6 September 2022 after they were arrested by the Nelspruit based Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation. They were charged with money laundering in terms of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act.

The duo allegedly received proceeds of crime after R100 000 and R25 000 was deposited into their bank accounts respectively by the owners of a company that allegedly defrauded the South African Revenue Service.

The duo appeared along with the other four accused, Emmanuel Xolani (39), Phindile Ngwenya (39), Charmaine Kalogwile (36) and Clifford Phill Kalogwile (29) who were arrested in July and released on R5000 bail each.

It is alleged that in July 2018, the accused submitted fraudulent documents to SARS on behalf of their two companies, Maestro Arts cc and Priscino Trading Enterprise Pty Ltd involving an estimated amount of R1.8 million.

The matter was reported to the Hawks for investigation and the accused were linked to the case. They were charged with contravention of Tax Administration Act, Value Added Tax Act 89/ 1991, Prevention of Organised Crime Act and money laundering.

The case against the six accused was postponed to 4 October 2022 for further investigation.

Source: South African Police Service