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Alleged tax fraudster released on bail


Media Statement
Directorate for Priority Crimes Investigation (HAWKS) 


EASTERN CAPE - Aphiwe Lihle Gulwa (33) was released on R20 000 bail by East London Magistrate’s Court on 17 February 2022 on charges of tax fraud.

It is alleged that accused Aphiwe Lihle Gulwa was a sole Director of Lihle Izizi PTY Ltd, a company registered for Value Added Tax (VAT) with South African Revenue Services (SARS). Aphiwe Lihle Gulwa was also a registered Tax Practitioner responsible for all the Tax Affairs of his  company .

It is alleged that Gulwa submitted to SARS through E-filling VAT 201 returns for  2019 and 2020 claiming an input tax refund amounting to the value of more than R14 million which is alleged not to have been due to his company.

As an outcome of the probing by East London Based Serious commercial Crime Investigation team of the Hawks mandated by SARS, Gulwa was arrested on 17 February 2022 and released on R20 000 bail the same day.

The matter is remanded for 11 March 2022 for legal representation.


Captain Yolisa Mgolodela
071 481 2429