Embattled Zimbabwean businessman Sam Mshengu Chabalala allegedly paid a hitman to kill his former employee Nkosinathi Ngcongo who exposed him to the Hawks.
Sam Mshengu, who owns a company Sam Holdings, became the talk of the town after he took a convoy of 70 cars to the 2019 Durban July event.
His flashy stunt attracted the attention of the Hawks who probed into his businesses and uncovered that the young businessman was actually Zimbabwean.
He was charged with fraud ass he cut corners in obtaining his citizenship.
Masquerading as a South African, the Zimbabwean went on to get BEE tenders and built his massive trucking business.
On Wednesday, the Mpumalanga High Court heard that Sam Mshengu hired a hitman to kill his former employee for whistleblowing.
Chabalala is accused of asking 26-year-old man, Phindokuhle Nkosi, who was once part of his private security to find a hitman to kill Nkosinathi Ngcongo, the former general manager Sam Holdings.
Phindokuhle confessed in court today that he masterminded the killing of Ngcobo 12 September last year.
After Chabalala was arrested by the Hawks for fraud, corruption and possession of an unlicensed firearm and contravening the immigration act, he was admitted in hospital after complaining of stomach problems. He went on to contact Phindokuhle Nkosi from the hospital and requested that he find a hitman to kill Nkosinathi Ngcongo.
Phindokuhle wrote in his affidavit that he was requested to find a hitman to kill Nkosinathi Ngcongo as he was the one who caused Mshengu’s arrest by the Hawks by tipping them off.
Nkosi said he arrived at Sam Holdings premises with the hitman, named Khumalo. He showed Ngcongo to Khumalo who did not take time to carry out the job. Ngcongo was shot eight times and died on the scene.
He said he received a call from his manager who suspected he was involved in the murder incident, encouraging him to surrender himself to the police.
Nkosi was subsequently arrested by the police and charged with the murder of the ex-general manager.
Khumalo is still at large.
Initial investigations revealed Sam Mshengu was actually Gilbert Tachuona, born in neighbouring Zimbabwe who migrated into South Africa and built a business using fake documents.
Mshengu disappeared on R200,000 bail having unsuccessfully tried to bribe the Hawks with R50,000 to make his docket disappear and R70,000 to recover his impounded car.
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How Sam Mshengu Chabalala paid a hitman to kill his former employee for exposing him
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