O!O WARNED IN APRIL ALREADY…
AND NOW RATEPAYERS MUST PAY BACK SOKOPO’s ILLEGITIMATE VAT CLAIMS
SARS wants Major Sokopo’s VAT claims back!
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Oudtshoorn. 13 December 2012. 14h45. It was Thandekile Mnyimba, the municipal manager that never was because the High Court ruled his appointment ab initio null and void, that gave his buddy, Comrade Major Sokopo, the ANC’s Regional Treasurer for the Southern Cape and Klein Karoo, a lovely contract to recover VAT, ostensibly erroneously paid by the municipality, from SARS.
But O!O revealed in April already that Sokopo’s company, Major General Trading Business Enterprises, earlier made false VAT recovery claims in Ventersdorp and that the March 1 appointed had to be voided.
SARS is now unhappy with the Sokopo recoveries and wants its money back!
Just as O!O warned.
And Sokopo has already pocketed his 25% commission – and did not even bother to attend the meeting with SARS last week to discuss “the problem”!
Back in April O!O wanted to know why CEO Deon Lott did not stop the appointment of MGT on March 1. Lott must surely have known that MGT claimed R5m in VAT recovery in Ventersdorp and that a mere R200,000 (4%) was legitimate!
Why should Lott probably have known?
Because MGT was appointed in Ventersdorp by Lott’s Comrade, Kenny Leluma, former “political advisor” to the previous Bitou Mayor.
Although MGT received R600,000 in “fees” from the Ventersdorp Municipality, SARS now wants its money back!
The ratepayers of Ventersdorp will have to bear the cost of repayment, with fines; commission paid to MGT; and administrative expense of a double payment.
MGT claimed VAT recovery on salaries and on loan repayments to the South African Development Bank!
O!O must confess that it is convinced that such a scam can only be effected when a SARS agent is in on the deal. How else can VAT be reclaimed only to be questioned again later by SARS!?
Apparently the scam works like this: The VAT Recovery Agents claim false overpayments from a SARS source; pocket the commission and are long gone when a SARS audit reveals the falsity and the reclaimed VAT is to be returned to SARS.
SARS may levy fines of up to 200% – to be carried by the ratepayers.
Oudtshoorn’s ratepayers will surely not stand for this kind of thievery! Will they!?
It’s time to stand up and do something to protect your pockets, my dear longsuffering readers!
Yet this was the DA’s reaction, by the party’s local chair, when O!O warned against the Sokopo contract on April 9:
“… jy (hou) aan met treiter en steeds op dieselfde snaar asof die saak deur jou onthul, Kuba Missielkrisis-afmetings inhou. Wat verwag jy moet wie NOU doen? (Daar is) geen rede waarom die klaarblyke onwettige handeling van die munisipale bestuurder juis hierdie naweek DA optrede en of persverklarings vereis nie. Allermins verwag ek in ‘n Regstaat dat Provinsiale Regering oornag ingryp. Ek het my reeds uitgespreek teen oorhaastige ‘Wild West’ optrede. Ek volstaan daarby…Die DA koukus sal binne die reg hul demokratiese regte (en plig) uitoefen. Dan kyk ons hoe reageer die ANC koalisie in regering op Oudtshoorn. Dan tree ons verder binne raamwerk van die regsorde op… Terloops, as minister Bredell nie reageer op jou skrywes nie, soek jy verniet by my om jou hoorsê-berigte oor te dra.” Click here.
Nou ja toe.
The municipality of Madibeng recently received a R60m fine for false claims, remedied by the intervention of legitimate professionals.
Six companies tendered for VAT Recovery in Oudtshoorn last year. MGT was not one of these companies. The tender lapsed, and Mnyimba unilaterally awarded the contract to his comrade, Sokopo, on March 1.
Thandekile Mnyimba; Major Sokopo; Gordon April; Deon Lott… you have to explain this MGT contract.
O, and Messrs DA – you have to explain why you did NOTHING in response to O!O’s “hearsay” warning.
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