My accountant was the reason for my liquidation

I never thought that my accountant would be my downfall. I have been sending the bank statements, receipts and invoices every month for the past three years. I am requested to pay money to the accountant every second month to settle the VAT. Out of the blue, I got a call from SARS stating that the VAT has not been paid for 10 months. I referred them to the accountant and didn’t think much of the call. The accountant said SARS confused me with another firm and that they will sort it out. After a second and third call, I realized that the VAT was not paid. All the emails SARS sent were sent to the accountant and I never knew about it. The accountant simply said that she has a gambling problem and that I have to pay the bill, she will pay me back. There was no way I could do that, and I also knew that the accountant would never repay the money. Liquidation was my only way out.