Somizi in deep water with SARS

May 30, 2022

When the taxman auctioned off his expensive furnishings in Joburg last week, it stopped media star Somizi Mhlongo from living his dream.

Legend Manqele, who produced his reality show, Living the Dream with Somizi, has also been ordered by the South African Revenue Service (SARS) to pay R1.5 million of his and ex-husband Mohale’s royalties into a SARS account rather than their lawyer’s account, as they had instructed earlier this month.

Sandton North sheriff Kgomotso Mphahlele said in a notice of sale in execution that she had put Somizi’s furniture up for auction to retrieve the monies he owed for failing to pay at least R3.5 million in tax debt he owes since 2014.

According to the notice, the products were sold after SARS acquired a judgement in the Johannesburg High Court on November 5, 2015.

According to the notice, “the movable property listed below will be sold in execution on May 18 2022 at 11am at 24 Rhodes Avenue Kensington B, Randburg 2125 to the highest bidder in pursuance of a high court judgement… on November 5 2015 for Somizi Mhlongo and a warrant of execution issued against movable property pursuant thereto,” “the movable property listed below will be sold in execution on May 18 2022 at 11am at 24 Rhodes Avenue Kensington B, Randburg

“A Samsung washing machine, a white sculpture (Guman Head), a Le Creuset bowl, three plastic bar seats, two red human sculptures, a Hisense television set with a remote, a Smeg dishwasher, two brass painted coffee tables, one Carrol” were among the things auctioned off.

“A Boyes knife set with stand, a Carrol Boyes bowl, five different Le Creuset pots, a Gold Air gas heater, a DeLonghi oil heater, a Samsung fridge, a silver kitchen bowl, three glass vases, eight cushions, a sleeper couch, a wooden TV stand with drawers, dining chairs, and a table and knife set with stand,” the notice states.

Somizi and Mohale married in 2020 but divorced last year after allegations of physical violence and counter-accusations.

The couple sold their broadcasting rights to Bar Leader TV, which is owned by Manqele, so that the event could be shown on DStv’s Mzansi Magic channel.

Mohale’s lawyer, Vanessa Da Silva Faria Fernihough of Ulrich Roux and Associates, addressed Manqele a letter demanding that he transfer the money into their trust account or risk a lawsuit if he didn’t.

Mhlongo and Mohale, who were represented by their firm, Elahom Events, inked an agreement with Manqele’s company to shoot and broadcast their wedding for an R1.5-million fee, according to the lawyers’ letter, which we have seen.

According to the lawyer, they wrote Manqele a letter in July last year appealing with him to pay their clients, but he told them he needed certain documents from SARS and proof from his team before he could answer.

SARS had instructed Manqele not to pay Somizi, according to Manqele.

After reading a report on Manqele’s feud with the ex-couple, SARS wrote Manqele a letter on May 12 ordering him to deposit the money into its account.

If Manqele had paid the money, SARS requested proof of payment.

Manqele confirmed that he received a letter from SARS instructing him to transfer the money into its coffers and that he did so by depositing the funds in the tax collector’s account.

Somizi has not commented

Mohale remains silent.