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Man gets 15 years for tax bribe

Humphrey Ngundwe tried to bribe and intimidate an official from the South African Revenue Service.

A Gauteng man has been sentenced to 15 years in jail for trying to bribe a Sars official.

JOHANNESBURG - A Gauteng man was sentenced to 15 years in jail for bribing and intimidating a South African Revenue Service (Sars) official.

Humphrey Ngundwe tried to claim nearly R400,000 in fraudulent vat refunds.

He then tried to bribe the official with R20,000 when he was asked to provide supporting documents for his claim.

On Wednesday, he was sentenced to 10 years on a charge of corruption and five years for intimidation in the Germiston Regional Court.

Sars spokesperson Marika Muller said they are pleased with the sentence.

"It is a very stiff sentence. It sends a very clear message that the justice system as a whole takes this very seriously."