- The police are still on the hunt for notorious businessman Sam Chabalala
- The infamous Mpumalanga trucking kingpin is on the run after failing to appear in court
- SAPS has called on citizens to help in their search for Chabalala
The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation has called on South Africans to help in the search for Sam 'Mshengu' Chabalala.
In a statement issued on the continued hunt for the Mpumalanga businessman, the SAPS commented:
"Chabalala, who goes by the name Mshengu, is out on bail of R200 000 and R500 000 respectively for two cases. He failed to appear for his two cases on 06 March 2020 at the Witbank Magistrate Court and last week Friday in the Middelburg Magistrate Court. The combined amount of the bail posted for the two separate cases has since been forfeited to the state."
Briefly.co.za reported that Chabalala was first arrested in September last year following an investigation initiated by the Department of Home Affairs about his status in the country. Tshabalala allegedly tried to derail the investigations after he tried to corrupt an official from the department to drop the probe.
He paid R50 000 to the official and was nabbed by the Mpumalanga Hawks immediately after paying the inducement. His car at the time was also impounded. He was granted R200 000 bail pending further investigations.
The statement explained that Chabalala had attempted to bribe another senior cop in Middleburg:
"Whilst on bail Chabalala attempted to corrupt a senior police official in Middelburg in February this year to release his car which had been impounded and also to make his previous case disappear. He paid R120 000 bribe money, R50 000 down payment and later R70 000 which led to his arrest. He was released on R500 000 bail by the Middelburg Magistrate Court for corruption pending his appearance on 13 March 2020. He decided not to turn up and two warrant of arrests have been issued against him."
Since his warrant of arrest was issued, Chabalala had sent a cryptic wife to his note, claiming to be protecting both his family and business from what he dubbed a conspiracy against him.
Anyone with information which can lead to the arrest of Chabalala is urged to contact the investigating officers Colonel Daniel Hall on 071 481 3281 or Captain Dietlof Meyer on 071481 2977. All information will be kept confidential.
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