Bonang Matheba (Photo: Gallo Images)
  • TV personality Bonang Matheba is apparently surprised by her recent tax woes, which could see her arrested if she does not appear in court next week.
  • This is according to her representatives, who says she is willing to comply with authorities.
  • Matheba failed to appear at the Commercial Crimes court on Thursday, but says she respects the law.


Questions about Bonang Matheba's taxes apparently came as a surprise to her. This is according to Davin Phillips, executive director of Celebrity Services Africa (CSA), the agency that represents Matheba.

"[She] has full respect [for the law] and will comply with SARS, the South African legal system and process," says Phillips.

Matheba stands accused of failing to file her personal tax returns for 10 years as well as her company's returns for 5 years. She was due to appear at the Special Commercial Crimes Court on Thursday.

See also: Bonang Matheba didn't show up in court for a tax case – now she could face an arrest warrant

Instead she was in New York after receiving an invite to the United Nations (UN) General Assembly. According to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), Matheba was summoned to appear before the court on 10 September. According to her lawyers she received an invitation to the UN on 17 September. She chose to go to New York, sending an apology for not appearing on 25 September.

The state, and the court, were not impressed, and a warrant was issued that could see Matheba arrested if she fails to appear for her next court date, on 4 October.

The NPA would not say how much she allegedly owes the taxman, but confirmed that she had outstanding returns from 2008 until 2017 for herself, and 2014 until 2017 for her company.

Matheba has, according to Phillips, appointed a new audit team to work with the South African Revenue Services (SARS) to resolve the matter.

Matheba is one of two public figures named by the NPA for defaulting on their taxes. Soapie star, Rapulana Seiphemo, appeared before Special Commercial Crimes Court on Wednesday for taxes owing between 2013 and 2017.

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