- Infamous businessman Sam Chabalala has been arrested once again
- The notorious Mpumalanga man is accused of attempting to bribe a police official
- Chabalala allegedly had attempted to make his corruption charges disappear
Sam 'Mshengu' Chabalala has once again been taken into custody after being released on R200 000 bail.
The Mpumalanga businessman was reportedly busted attempting to bribe a senior police official in an attempt to get his impounded vehicle back and have the corruption charges against him disappear.
SowetanLIVE interviewed Hawks spokesperson Brig Hangwani Mulaudzi, who refused to name Chabalala but confirmed the arrest of a prominent businessman:
“The suspect paid R50 000 as a down payment and on Thursday he added a further R70 000 for the release of his vehicle and the Nelspruit docket to disappear."
Mulaudzi says the process to forfeit the amount paid over and the luxury car used during the commission of the crime had already begun.
Briefly.co.za gathers that Chabalala had been granted bail by the Witbank Magistrate's Court last year, facing charges of corruption, illegal possession of a firearm, illegal entry and providing false information to be granted entry into South Africa.
Judge Mdumiseni Mavuso had noted at the time that the state's allegation of the Sam Holdings businessman being dangerous had not been proven:
“The state did not give details on why it claimed that the applicant is dangerous. Based on the evidence his [Chabalala] lawyers presented, it seems as if he has strong family and business ties in South Africa. There is no evidence he has family outside the borders of the Republic and it is unknown if he has business and family ties outside of South Africa.”
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