Singer Zahara In Hot Soup
The media personality is facing a third court case linked to her personal tax returns according to Sunday World.
Zahara pleaded guilty and paid the admission of guilt fine for Zahara Army’s income tax returns, where she is the director.
The award-winning singer appeared in the Johannesburg commercial crimes court sitting in the Palm Ridge magistrate’s court on September 29 and was charged by the National Prosecution Authority (NPA).
NPA’s spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwane confirmed that the musician, real name Bulelwa Mtukana, had paid the fine, and as a result, the case was expunged from the court roll.
“Zahara was charged in her personal capacity as well as a representative of her company.
The charges related to the non-submission of personal and company income tax returns to the South African Revenue Service.”
Phindi claims the court accepted the admission of guilt fine because her company, Zahara Army Projects (Pty) Ltd, had since filed tax reports with SARS.
Mjonondwane also noted that the singer will return to the same court on October 22 for a trial related to her inability to file her personal income tax for the 2017/2018 tax year.
According to the publication, the songbird might face a four-year prison sentence or a heavy fine in June.
She was charged with contempt of court in Palm Ridge Commercial Court after failing to appear in court on April 19 for seven charges of tax evasion.
She is facing one count of contravening tax laws and six for failing to submit her tax returns from 2013 to 2018.
She was also asked to hand in her passport to the Commercial Crimes officers within 24 hours of the court appearance and to report to the Roodepoort Police Station.
In other news, iHarare previously reported that Zahara trended online for the wrong reasons. A video of the songstress behaving in an intoxicated manner went viral. In the footage, the artist was asked to sing by the company she was with and she made an attempt, however it did not go too well. It would appear social media users thought the same and rebuked her friends for sharing the cringey video online. Many concluded that the starlet was intoxicated and had no control over the uploading of the video.