Gospel artist Zwai Bala has revealed that the South African Revenue Service (SARS) pursued him over unpaid R2.5 million.
Zwai was speaking to a group of aspiring artists about financial management, when he warned them of the danger of not filing their taxes. He claimed that he was not aware that a musician has to pay taxes too.
The gospel singer said his tax bill accumulated to R2.5 million “because no one had shown him how to register with SARS or to make regular contributions as he earned”.
Zwai has had a long career from the days when he was a member of successful kwaito group TKZee, to venturing out on his own as a solo artist, and later a producer and music director.
He is not the first South African celeb to have trouble with their taxes. Some time back, Cassper Nyovest‘s ‘Family Tree Studios’ was reported to owe R3.6 million in taxes.
AKA also received a demand letter of R350 000 from SARS. TBO touch has also found himself on the wrong side of the taxman.