Man arrested for perjury after opening fake robbery case

A 28-year-old man has been arrested for perjury after opening a false case of robbery at Johannesburg’s central police station.

According to Captain Xoli Mbele, the man was arrested on Tuesday after alleging he was robbed of his mobile phone, a Huawei Blush Gold Nova 8 worth R11,000, on Monday, February 28, 2022.

“Detectives accompanied the complainant to show where he had been robbed. The complainant then changed the facts of his complaint and told the police that he had been robbed elsewhere. The detectives then took him to view CCTV footage, but the complainant refused. He told police he was robbed at a tavern in Maboneng Precinct,” Mbele said.

Further investigation revealed that the complainant had opened a similar robbery in November last year and allegedly filed an insurance claim.

The suspect was subsequently arrested for opening the false robbery case and is charged with perjury.

The commander of Johannesburg Central Station, Brigadier General Perumal, urged the community to refrain from opening false cases as such cases are viewed in a serious light and strongly condemned.

In another incident, a Cape Town-based export company and its director were found guilty of misdeclaring a batch of scrap to avoid paying the recently imported export duties on scrap.

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According to Sars, the company Scrapmania and its director, Joseph Daniel Hurling, pleaded guilty to charges of making a false declaration to customs and were both fined R500,000, while Hurling was fined an additional R100,000 in the regional court of Durban. †

On September 23, 2021, Mirage Shipping processed an export declaration for ten containers of “polymers and ethylene” on behalf of Scrapmania.

“The shipment made its way from Cape Town to the port of Durban, where it was held for inspection on arrival after being marked on the customs system,” Sars said in a statement on Thursday.

It was inspected on October 12, 2021 and found to contain scrap, which requires a license from the International Trade Administration Commission (ITAC) and is subject to export duties.

Subsequently, a criminal case was reported to the SAPS for violation of the Customs and Excise Act and the ITAC Act.

According to Sars, the scrap metal industry is a multi-billion rand industry, contributing an estimated R15 billion to South Africa’s gross domestic product annually.

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In 2017, a scrap company lost a case in the Constitutional Court to challenge the state’s scrap export regulations, known as the price preference system, as well as ITAC’s decision to refuse to issue export licenses to the company, in accordance with the price preference system.

This followed nearly four years of litigation over the legality of the price preference system.

“SARS is committed to trade facilitation and growth of our country’s economy. It will continue to make it easy and seamless for traders to comply with their legal obligation by providing them with clarity and certainty. Likewise, SARS is building its capacity to make it difficult and costly for those of the traders who chose to be non-compliant. This is a warning that we will leave no stone unturned to ensure that those involved in this type of behavior that borders on crime are dealt with harshly. Our tax authorities have changed because of this deliberate and criminal error,” SARS Commissioner Edward Kieswetter said.

Curated by Vhahangwele Nemakonde

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