A former Durban police detective, who now owns a security company, is facing a tax fraud, alternatively tax evasion, charge for just over R2.2 million after a company audit by the SA Receiver of Revenue.
Sandile Nkabinde, 37, who is now wheelchair-bound, appeared briefly in the Durban Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday. Nkabinde and his close corporation, Inside Edge, which trades under the name Sandile Security Services, have been charged for tax fraud.
According to the charge sheet, Nkabinde is listed as the sole member of the company that is registered as a value-added tax vendor. The state alleges that Nkabinde intended to defraud Sars by submitting false VAT returns on behalf of his company for the period June 2006 to February 2010, causing Sars to suffer a prejudice of just over R2.2 million.
The security company had a contract with the Mangosuthu University of Technology, in Umlazi, during this time.
According to Nkabinde’s LinkedIn profile, he was a detective with the South African Police for 11 years. During this time as a detective, it said, he led a team of detectives that was responsible for investigating police killings in Durban. He was also part of a team that investigated the political killings in Richmond.
His company was listed as providing a service to various government departments, specialising in physical guarding, special events, bodyguarding, skilled investigators and includes former guerrilla freedom fighters.
Nkabinde is also listed as being a chairman of a non-governmental organisation that helps raise funds for paraplegics and quadraplegics.
State advocate Selvan Govender requested an adjournment for representations to be made, and Nkabinde will again appear on February 28.