Warrant of arrest issued for Sam Chabalala after court no-show

Warrant of arrest issued for Sam Chabalala after court no-show

- A warrant of arrest has been issued for infamous businessman Sam Chabalala

- This comes after the Mpumalanga businessman failed to appear in court on Friday

- Chabalala was expected to appear on charges of corruption, fraud and more

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The Witbank Magistrate's Court has issued a warrant of arrest against businessman Sam Chabalala.

Provincial NPA spokeswoman Monica Nyuswa confirmed that Chabalala failed to appear in court on Friday:

"A warrant of arrest has been issued for him to be re-arrested. The matter has been postponed to 26 March, failing which, his bail will be forfeited to the state."

The 24-year-old had been expected to appear over charges of corruption, fraud, possession of an illegal firearm and ammunition.

Briefly.co.za reported that Chabalala had been out on R500 000 bail after being arrested for the second time.

READ ALSO: Fact Check: Sam Chabalala's real name and country of origin exposed

The infamous Mpumalanga businessman had been caught allegedly attempting to bribe a senior official in exchange for making the charges against him disappear and for the release of an impounded luxury vehicle.

Magistrate Mdumiseni Mavuso had decided that Chabalala was not a flight risk when granting bail:

"There's no evidence he has family outside the borders of the republic and its unknown if he has business and family ties outside South Africa."

Daily Sun reports that on Monday unknown men had allegedly opened fire on Chabalala's yard at his Bethal address.

A security guard was reportedly nearly killed during the exchange and a case of attempted murder has since been opened.

The millionaire had first drawn headlines with his flashy convoy of luxury rides when he took 72 to the Durban July.

It was revealed during court proceedings that he was not from Venda, as he originally claimed, but actually from Zimbabwe.

Exposing his real name, Gilbert Tachuona, state prosecutor Eric Sihlangu commented that:

"The Department of Home Affairs has indicated that the applicant obtained a South African ID through misrepresentation.”

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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