Alleged underworld figure Nafiz Modack and several other people appeared in a Cape Town court on Wednesday, October 27 on charges relating to false tax returns. Modack was arrested at the Blue Downs regional court where he was applying for bail for the charges of the murder and the attempted murder of the Anti-Gang Unit (AGU) detective, Lieutenant Charl Kinnear.
Seven other people including Modack’s mother and brother were arrested at several residences in Cape Town, Times Live reports. According to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), the South African Revenue Services (SARS) Criminal Investigation Unit received information regarding several companies registered as value-added tax (VAT) vendors who were reportedly submitting e-filing claims for significant amounts of VAT refunds.
NPA spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila says the group submitted false information via the e-filing system to obtain VAT refunds from SARS to which the companies were not allowed to get, IOL reports.
Modack’s mother Ruwaida, and brother, Yaseen, were granted R50 000 bail each, while Bashier Syce and Nadia Said were granted bail of R25 000 and R20 000 each. Dominique McLachlan and Kulsum van der Schyff were also granted bail of R10 000 each. Meanwhile, Former SARS employee, Faried van der Schyff, along with Modack are the only two who remain in custody.
The case was postponed until November 22 and the accused were requested to report to the Bothasig Police Station twice a week between 8am and 8pm, while Van Der Schyff’s case was postponed to November 3 and Modack’s to November 22.
Meanwhile, 10 suspects linked to a fraud syndicate, were also arrested in Paarl in Boland. Police spokesperson, Andre Traut says SAPS collaborated with investigators from financial institutions to carry out the arrest.
“The nine male fraudsters and one female aged between 23 and 41 are expected to make their court appearances in Paarl Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, 02 November 2021, to face the charges against them. The female suspect is an intern employed by SAPS in Mitchells Plain, and her involvement is also the subject of a departmental investigation,” Traut expressed.
Traut went on to say that the suspects are due to appear in court on Tuesday, November 2.