Sars official testifies in gold case
A SOUTH African Revenue Services (Sars) official yesterday gave evidence of how 17 people accused of dealing in gold accumulated their wealth.
Willem Jacobus Fourie, a team leader in the investigation unit at Sars, revealed that the suspects bought a fleet of motor vehicles and a number of properties.
He did not say where the suspects received their money from, but explained that they were operating as a syndicate.
Fourie said he was tasked by the National Prosecuting Authority and was supplied with a list of individuals to investigate.
He said many of the suspects' properties were not registered in their names, and in some instances they failed to submit their annual returns.
Siblings Sibusiso, 34; Rise, 31, and MacDonald Msimango, 28; together with Promise Bita, 30; Patrick Moahloli, 64; Christian Lunga, 54; Clement Nkhi, 35; Bulelwa Somhlalo, 39; Sylvester Mahamo, 26; Sicelosenkosi Mthimkulu, 25; Meshack Sithole, 28; Adoons Knight Bita, 30; Tshediso Ramabele, 33; Charles and Lucky Sithole, aged 25 and 33, respectively; Seatile Khabe, 26; and Moroesi Msimango, 30, have all pleaded not guilty to more than 100 charges.
Moroesi is married to Sibusiso and the Msimangos are alleged to be masterminds and ringleaders of the syndicate.
They allegedly operated in Gauteng, North West and Free State mines.