- Sam Chabalala will be forced to wait behind bars for another week following his arrest
- The infamous businessman was busted for allegedly trying to bribe a police officer
- The Sam Holdings boss will now need to wait until later this month for a bail hearing
Sam ''Mshengu" Chabalala will have to wait until February 21 for a formal bail application.
Briefly.co.za reported that the businessman was arrested after allegedly trying to bribe a senior police officer in exchange for releasing an impounded vehicle.
Chabalala had also reportedly been trying to make to the case against him disappear, but his efforts were rewarded with a prompt arrest.
Now, the 25-year-old heard on Friday that he is facing two corruption charges, with National Prosecuting Authority confirming:
“His case was postponed to February 21 for a formal bail application."
TimesLIVE reports that the Hawks swooped in on Chabalala on Thursday during a sting operation, with Brig Hangwani Mulaudzi commenting:
“The businessman who was initially arrested last year and subsequently charged for fraud, corruption and possession of an unlicensed firearm had been out on R200,000 bail following his arrest [last year in September] in Nelspruit. His latest arrest emanates from allegations that he attempted to corrupt a senior police official in Mpumalanga to get his impounded motor vehicle to be released and also to make his initial case disappear."
If a guilty verdict is handed down, the businessman will lose the R120 000 'bribe' paid along with his luxury vehicle.
Hawks boss Godfrey Lebeya applauded the investigating team's swift action in the case:
“I would like to commend the members ... who resisted the temptation by those who want to corrupt them. We shall be working towards forfeiting the money paid as gratification."
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