Cape Town – Both the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and Bonang Matheba’s PR team have denied reports that the local star was summonsed to appear in the Johannesburg Specialised Commercial Crime Court this week on charges of tax fraud.
The Sunday World made the claims against Bonang in an article titled “Bonang tax fraud drama” that it published on Sunday.
According to the article Bonang appeared in court on Wednesday.
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However the local celebrity’s PR team deny the allegations, telling Channel24 that the article "contains factual errors" and that Bonang "was never summonsed to appear and never appeared on charges of tax fraud".
Davin Phillips the executive director of Celebrity Services Africa, who represent Bonang, said they will be taking Sunday World to the ombudsman as well as any other necessary legal steps.
NPA spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwane told Channel24 that Bonang did not appear in court and that there is no official tax fraud case on the roll against her as it stands.
"The matter was not enrolled pending further investigations," Mjonondwane said.
Channel24 also reached out to Gauteng Hawks spokesperson Ndivhuwo Mulamu for comment but had not received any feedback by the time of publishing this article.
Channel24 also called the offices of Sunday World for comment on the article but was told that nobody from the publication was in the office and to call back on Monday.
UPDATE: Channel24 reached out to Sunday World editor Mapula Nkosi several times on Monday via e-mail, telephone, and WhatsApp for comment but had not received feedback by the time of publishing this article. Should comment become available this article will be updated accordingly.