Ringo's tax fraud trial postponed

JOHANNESBURG - Singer Ringo Madlingozi’s tax fraud case was postponed in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court yesterday for him to seek legal assistance from the State.

“His request for a lawyer from the Legal Aid Board has not been sorted out yet,” prosecutor Nerisa Reddy told the court.

He allegedly owed money to the SA Revenue Services (Sars) for Pay-As-You-Earn (PAYE) and Value Added Tax (VAT).

He allegedly failed to pay his workers’ PAYE contributions to Sars but had been deducting it from their salaries since 1999.

Attempts by journalists to obtain the charge sheet were not successful.

The investigating officer refused to hand over the document without giving reasons why. Magistrate Lucas van der Schyff postponed the case to January 9.

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