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Hamilton Ndlovu: Flaunter slapped with R36m tax bill

Andile Sicetsha - 03.03.2021

Hamilton Ndlovu masterminded a scheme to milk more than R46 million from the government. Here’s how he did it:

The story of how Hamilton Ndlovu found himself at the pit end of a R36 million tax fraud judgment is a great learning lesson on the consequences of ‘doing it’ for social media.

Hamilton Ndlovu hit with R36 tax bill – court rules

On Wednesday, Judge Roland Sutherland of the Gauteng High Court granted SARS leeway to reclaim what is owed to Ceasar, a total of R36.84 million in unpaid taxes dating back to 2017, of which R23.34 million accumulated in 2020/21.

The court found that Ndlovu had mastered a cut-throat strategy to milk as much as R46.6 million from the National Health Laboratory Services (NLHS) between 31 March and 29 April 2020.

This large consignment of cash tendered — in rather questionable procurement practises — to a man in charge of and influential in four shoddy companies piqued the interest of the revenue agency’s Illicit Economy Unit.

But, their work would be all done by Ndlovu, himself. A video he posted, flaunting luxury vehicles valued to the tune of R10 million, went viral on social media.

Under normal circumstances, perhaps, Ndlovu’s excessive flaunting may have been shrugged off as a mere narcissistic episode. However, the 32-year-old became a mega-millionaire in the depths of a Covid-19 pandemic that quite literally crippled South Africa’s economy.

Social media reacts to Ndlovu’s epic downfall

Ndlovu’s self-sabotage culminated in a heavy tax bill that, according to Judge Sutherland, proved Ndlovu and his ‘associates’ splurged “without regard to making provision for paying what they owe to the fiscus.”

News of the ruling hit social media and suffice it to say, the 32-year-old’s quick fall from grace has been the day’s laughing stock.

At this time, it is unclear if an inquest into the NHLS’ procurement deal with Ndlovu’s companies has been launched.

“No part of SARS’ case is premised on any unlawfulness in the contracts between the NHLS and any of the respondents,” Judge Suherland said.