A warrant of arrest has been issued for the brother of alleged underworld kingpin, Nafiz Modack, after he failed to appear in court yesterday.
Modack along with his brother Yaseen and mom Ruwaida were expected to appear together at the Cape Town Magistrates’ Court where they face a slew of charges involving a R46 million tax fraud case.
The trio were busted alongside former SARS employee Faried van der Schyff, as well as Bashier Syce, Nadia Said, Dominique McLachlan and Kulsum van der Schyff by the Hawks last month and were were charged with racketeering, fraud, money laundering, forgery and uttering and contraventions of the Value Added Tax (VAT) Act.
The State is set to prove that the group had registered as Value Added Tax vendors and were e-filing claims for refunds which could not be determined, and that payments of R46 million were received.
Ruwaida and Yaseen were granted R50 000 bail each, Syce was given R25 000, Said R20 000, McLachlan R10 000 and Kulsum R10 000.
During proceedings yesterday, it was revealed that another accused, Layla Bedderson, was added to the case. She appeared in court last week and was released on R500 bail.
Modack was not brought to court due to confusion at the prison where he is being held, while Yaseen’s mental state took centre stage.
His lawyer told the Magistrate that Yaseen suffered from schizophrenia and had been booked into a hospital over the weekend.
The defence lawyer said he would provide an adequate sick note and the Magistrate issued a warrant of arrest which she explained would stand until 25 November.