Perhaps without meaning to, Mzansi songstress Zahara has found herself on the wrong side of the law, with the South Africa Revenue Service (SARS) claiming she failed to file company and personal income tax returns.
The songstress was said to have handed herself over to the police as well as made a brief court appearance. She was said to have ignored several court appearances previously, and was found guilty of contempt of court by the specialized commercial crimes court.
Apparently, back in April, she had been issued a warrant of arrest after she failed to appear in court on tax evasion charges.
A spokesperson for the national prosecuting authority, Phindi Mjonondwane, noted that the singer was charged in her personality capacity and as a rep of her company, Zahara Trading (Pty) Ltd.
Speaking further, Mjonondwane har argued that Zahara is a celebrity and should not be treated with kid gloves, but like every regular citizen, to make it clear everyone is equal in the eyes of the law.
In her submission, Nerissa Reddy, an advocate for the National Prosecuting Authority, had argued that Zahara only made an appearance in court when she realized that commercial crimes investigators were seeking her whereabouts.
Well, what do you think?