Ndumiso Ignacious Mabena. Image via Instagram @mabena10

R575k: SARS allegedly demands soccer star pay up tax bill

Former Orlando Pirates striker Ndumiso Ignacious Mabena was allegedly blindsided and now finds himself owing SARS over R500 000 in tax.


Ndumiso Ignacious Mabena. Image via Instagram @mabena10

Former Orlando Pirates striker Ndumiso Ignacious Mabena has recently been hauled before the High Court in Gauteng by the South African Revenue Service (SARS) over his alleged unpaid taxes, ZiMoja reported.


According to the publication, SARS has allegedly decided to take the soccer player to court with an aim for him to pay up his tax bill. SARS is said to have allegedly filed court papers on Thursday, 19 October, demanding Ndumiso Ignacious Mabena to cough up an estimated R575 247.15.

“You are requested to make full payment within 10 business working days from the date of this letter of demand,” ZiMoja quoted a part of the filed letter as reading.

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However, in his defense, Mabena allegedly said he was not made aware or informed about the tax bill on time and now fears that the tax collector would raid his account and garnishee his salary from his new employers, the Limpopo-based Premier Soccer League club.

“I will speak to SARS so we can make arrangements because I know they can garnishee my salary here at Polokwane City or worse go into my account and start taking money from it without my knowledge,” Mabena was quoted as saying.

Ndumiso Ignacious Mabena. Image via Instagram @mabena10

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The 36-year-old ex-Royal AM skipper was released by the Orlando Pirates just months after joining the team, SABC Sport reported. Ndumiso Ignacious Mabena seemingly failed to make his mark and solidify his place in the line-up against Terrence Dzvukamanja, Kermit Erasmus, Eva Nga, Evidence Makgopa and Souaibou Marou. Nonetheless, he was picked up by Polokwane City.

“He is really happy to have secured this deal. You should have seen [him] at training with the guys, he gets along with everyone and the guys have huge respect for him. I think what makes him to be happy at the club is because he sees it as an opportunity to play and get his career going again… The money is not like Pirates or wherever he [is] used to play before. [But], I think he knew that and he wasn’t really expecting much,” a source speaking to The Citizen was quoted as saying.

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