Sat Nov 01 08:42:53 SAST 2014

Ndlovu's tax woes - Hefty bill for ex-soccer boss

Nov 12, 2012 | NGWAKO MALATJI |

THE taxman has stretched his leg to dispossess former Benoni United FC boss Dumisani Ndlovu of his R30m plot for "tax dribbling".

NEST: Dumisani Ndlovu's house. Picture by Antonio Muchave

Ndlovu's tax woes come a year after Western Province United players obtained a court judgment against him after he failed to pay at least R520000 in wages and signing-on fees for 11 players.

We can also reveal that Ndlovu may sink deeper into a financial cesspool as his former live-in lover, known only as Pauline, has left him and instituted legal action against him.

She is now living in eThwaThwa, Ekurhuleni, with her and Ndlovu's two children.

We can also authoritatively reveal that Ndlovu's financial doldrums are affecting his health as he has developed heart disease.

One of Ndlovu's close associates, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals, says the SA Revenue Service knocked on Ndlovu's door after discovering that he failed to submit his personal and business returns for more than five years.

Ndlovu owned ADM Group, which consisted of, among others, ADM Security, Benoni Premier United FC and ADM Construction.

Our mole says that Ndlovu, who sold the former Premier Soccer League club to Thanda Consortium for R55m, is so broke because he wasted the money on fair-weather friends.

Our deep throat says that if SARS succeeds in attaching his plot, which is estimated to be about eight acres, Ndlovu will be a tramp.

The source says this is because he dismantled his Bedfordview mansion to build another but was unable do so as his financial taps ran dry.

"In that yard stands an incomplete structure," says our mole.

"I think SARS realised that they would not get much money there because the house is incomplete.

"That is where he was living with Pauline before she left him. He now lives on this plot."

Our informant says that Ndlovu is negotiating with SARS to pay the bill in dribs and drabs or subdivide and sell a portion of the plot, as he owes them around R10m.

"I think they might buy into that idea because he told us that he bought the plot for a few million about six years ago," says his friend.

Ndlovu says: "I don't discuss my private life with the media but I can confirm that I met SARS officials and I'm sorting the matter out."

SARS spokesman Adrian Lackay says: "The South African Revenue Service has consistently held the position that it does not and cannot comment publicly on the affairs of any taxpayer, regardless of whether it is a business, a trust or individual taxpayer.

"Taxpayer confidentiality is an obligation imposed on SARS by the Income Tax Act, among other pieces of legislation."

Attempts to solicit comment from Pauline drew a blank. - malatjin@sundayworld.co.za

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