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SARS goes after DJ Sbu over R15 million tax bill – report


Oct 31, 2021

Holy Moly! Award-winning radio personality and entrepreneur DJ Sbu has to cough up R15 million in unpaid taxes to the South African Revenue Service (SARS), Sunday World reports.

SARS reportedly obtained a default judgement against the star, whose full name is Sibusiso Arthur Leope, at the High Court in Johannesburg last week. This is after DJ Sbu failed to pay the money.

DJ Sbu no stranger to SARS

According to Sunday World, court documents show that DJ Sbu had owed SARS just under R5 million for personal income tax, however that amount soon ballooned to a whopping R15 million after just over R9 million in additional tax and interest, were added to his debt. The publication further claims this isn’t the first time the taxman has gunned for the businessman, who founded the energy drink Mo Faya: In 2018, DJ Sbu failed to settle a R2.2 million bill with SARS.

When SARS applied for the current default judgement, it asked that it replace the previous one as it has a higher amount.

“In terms of the Tax Administration Act, the South African Revenue Service hereby withdraws the certified statement filed in respect of the above taxpayer. Kindly endorse both copies of this notice, amend the court record accordingly and return one copy as confirmation of the withdrawal to the address above,” part of the letter reads.

Leope isn’t the first (and most certainly, will not be the last) South African celebrity to find themselves in SARS’ bad books – the likes of Bonang Matheba, rapper Cassper Nyovest, soccer star Itumeleng Khune and fellow DJ Euphonik have all had run-ins with the taxman.

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