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Ex-Orlando Pirates star suspects R500k tax woes are linked to Royal AM

The High Court of South Africa directed the sheriff of the court to attach Royal AM’s movable assets as the club owes R37m in taxes.

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Royal AM. Image via Instagram @royalam_fc

Former Orlando Pirates and Royal AM striker Ndumiso Mabena has addressed reports about his unpaid income tax.

The footballer, who currently plays for Polokwane City, owes the South African Revenue Service (SARS) R575 247, 15 – according to Zimoja who spoke to him.


The outlet reports that SARS has given Mabena 10 business working days to make payment after he failed to pay tax for more than one year.

“According to the record of the South African Revenue Services (SARS) you have failed to pay your tax debt for one and more tax years and tax periods. Overdue amount: R575 247, 15 latest account statement. You are requested to make full payment within 10 business working days from the date of this letter of demand,” reads part of the letter.

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Addressing the matter, Mabena said that he suspects that the issue stems from his former PSL club Bloemfontein Celtic, which was financially struggling. The Free State club was sold to multimillionaire Shauwn “MaMkhize” Mkhize in 2021 who has recently made headlines for dodging the taxman.

“I think I know where this could be coming from. Remember when we left Bloemfontein Celtic, the owner had issues of finances and we later learnt about his tax issues as well. So, I suspect that even though he gave us IRP5s, there’s a chance that he was not paying the money to SARS during our time there,” said Mabena.

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The soccer star also said that he suspects the tax issues carried over to Royal AM. According to Mabena, Thwihli Thwahla is the only football team he’s played for that has never given him his IRP5. The IRP5 is a certificate issued by an employer to an employee disclosing the total employment remuneration earned for the year of assessment and the total amount of employees’ tax deducted or withheld.

“That’s the only club I played for where I never received any IRP5 to show that taxes were paid on my behalf. I’m not saying that they didn’t pay, but I don’t have anything to confirm that they did because of the way I left there,” he said.

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Former Marumo Gallants striker Ndumiso Mabena
Ndumiso Mabena – Photo: Facebook – Austin Ditlhobolo


Mabena’s tax woes come hot on the heels of Royal AM’s SARS drama.

According to FARpost, MaMkhize’s football club was also slapped with a tax bill to the tune of R37 million.

On Monday, 16 October, The High Court of South Africa directed the sheriff of the court to attach and remove the movable property of Royal AM.

“The Execution Creditor / Plaintiff [SARS] obtained judgment on 16 October 2023 against the Execution / Defendant [Royal AM] for:

“1. The payment of the sum of R37, 915, 549.77 [Thirty-seven million nine hundred and fifteen thousand five hundred and forty-nine rand and seventy-seven cents].

“2. Interest on the sum claimed in paragraph 1 at the applicable rate per annum from 1 November 2023 to date of payment, the said rate[s] of interest and date from which such interest is payable having been determined by the Execution Creditor / Plaintiff [SARS],” read the warrant of execution.