This is not the first warrant of arrest issued against South African singing sensation Bulelwa ‘Zahara’ Mkutukana.
Here’s why Zahara could be in jail soon
In June 2021, the Loliwe crooner handed herself over to authorities, in compliance with a warrant that was issued out against her for repeated failures to appear in court for her tax evasion case.
At the time, the Palm Ridge specialised commercial crimes court had shown mercy to Zahara and let her off on a R1 500 fine for being in contempt.
Under these strict conditions, the singer would lose access to her passport and report to the Roodepoort police station every Tuesday and Thursday. However, it seems this caution was not taken seriously by the songstress.
Zahara now has 24 hours to either report to the nearest police station to hand herself over after failing to honour her latest court appearance, or a warrant of arrest will be effected against her on Wednesday.
The Nqaba Yam star has, for now, disappeared. Attempts to reach her were not successful at the time this article was published.
This is what we know about her tax evasion case
The songstress, in her personal capacity, as well as her company Zahara Trading (Pty) Ltd stand accused of failing to submit tax returns. At this juncture, the merits of the case are not known.
Coincidentally, in the midst of ongoing turmoil in court, Zahara recently launched a natural hair cosmetics range named after her debut album Country Girl.
Interestingly, speaking to IOL News, the singer claimed this was her first business venture she co-owns with an entity she refused to name.
“They called me up while I was singing on stage and said they wanted us to do business and create a haircare range as I had beautiful hair. That is how the journey started. This is my first baby and comes from me. I used natural ingredients, there are no chemicals in my products,” she said.
It’s unclear, at this stage, if the 50% ownership she claims in this cosmetics venture will hold any implications in her ongoing evasion case against SARS.