- Businessman Sam Chabalala has been known as something of a notorious playboy for some time now
- Chabalala was recently arrested on charges of corruption after allegedly attempting to bribe an officer
- The court proceedings have revealed the truth about this controversial individual
Sam 'Mshengu' Chabalala claimed that he was born in Makwarela, Venda, but court proceedings have shed light on who this man truly is.
Chabalala appeared in the Middelburg Magistrate's Court to answer to charges of bribery and corruption.
Briefly.co.za reported that the businessman had been busted by the Hawks allegedly attempting to bribe a police officer in exchange for returning an impounded vehicle and making his case disappear.
Mshengu had been arrested last year on charges of fraud, corruption and possession of an unlicensed firearm. He had been released on R200 000 bail.
It was these charges that saw the Mpumalanga businessman paying R50 000 and later an additional R70 000 in an attempt to avoid facing the music.
Monday the court heard that the man's real name is actually Gilbert Tachuona and he was born in Zimbabwe.
State prosecutor Eric Sihlangu noted that Chabalala's identity documents had been obtained through illegal means:
“The Department of Home Affairs has indicated that the applicant obtained a South African ID through misrepresentation.”
Speaking to Power FM, Mshengu had explained how he had worked at an orange farm in Limpopo at the tender young age of eleven before earning his boss' trust and moving to the trucking division:
“I learnt everything about trucks and I loved it. I can tell you everything about a truck. He (my boss) gave me an opportunity to be a truck driver and I started delivering maize and other products for him to Zambia and other neighbouring countries. He then promoted me and I started working as a controller who was in charge of truck drivers."
Sam Holdings Trading, his company, was registered in 2014 and Chabalala used his boss' trucks in the beginning:
“I got a contract even when I didn’t have a truck at the time. I took my boss’ trucks and registered them. I was getting a commission of R10 at the time. I worked for a long time and raised money to buy my own truck. I could make R300k a month with commission and salary at the time.”
Chabalala claims to have saved up until he had enough funds to buy three trucks and trailers with cash:
“Now I have 52 trucks running on the road with machines and plant hire. That’s how I made my money. I’ve never been involved in anything illegal. I do transport with Eskom, but I’m also venturing into mining now with my own mine. It’s all my mind and planning and the mercy of God."
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