His bail application was delayed again on Friday 13 September 2019, this time postponed because of time.
Sambulo ‘Sam Cash’ Chabalala (23) on Friday told the eMalahleni Magistrates Court that he owns a business establishment that is worth over R40 million.
And as such he said there is no way he could run away from his case as this business structure is permanently rooted in Mpumalanga and cannot afford to lose it.
The business establishment is Sam Holdings. It has 63 trucks transporting coal in the Mpumalanga area of Bethal, east of Secunda, and employs 100 full-time workers.
He is currently at the eMalahleni Magistrates Court, central city – and is asking Magistrate Mdumiseni Mavuso to release him on a R100 000 bail.
Sam Cash says all in all he produces an amount of R1 million to pay all his workers each month – 30 of whom are assistants to his truck drivers – as well as an additional R200 000 to feed his family that’s comprised of a baby mama of two minor kids and his newly-wed Mrs Sam who also broke the internet along hubby in that flamboyant Durban July convoy of supercars.
He told the court that he owns three homes – one in Zimbali, Durban in KZN and two in the Mpumalanga area of Bethal.
Sam Holdings’s case has now been postponed to Monday 16 September 2019 again when Mavuso will make his ruling whether to release Sam Cash on bail or not.
The state says Mshengu could get up to 25 years behind bars for the charges he is faced with.
His defence team says that won’t happen. They argue that the state doesn’t have the evidence to prove that indeed Sam Cash is not a South African.
The state argues that Mshengu was not born in South Africa and that until 2015 the home affairs system never had his records.
It alleges that Mshengu obtained the South African ID book in 2015 and registered that he was born in the Bethal area on 15 December 1995, mysteriously registering with ID numbers of South African people who had never met him in their lives.
He allegedly said they were his parents, the state said while opposing bail on Friday evening, and allegedly went ahead to bribe home affairs officials to destroy the evidence of his alleged fraudulently obtained South African ID book while investigations on the matter were underway at the department of home affairs.
On hearing this, Sam Cash allegedly dashed straight to the government office in Mbombela, and offered an amount of R50 000 to a home affairs officer, of which R40 000 was allegedly delivered to the official. Then the Hawks were called…
He is charged with fraud, bribery, corruption and possession of an unlicensed gun.
The fraud, bribery and corruption charge, which led to the one of possession of an unlicensed firearm, is the home affairs issue. He is charged with corruption because the state argues that after hearing he was being investigated at home affairs he went there “to influence another person to act in a manner that is not honest”.
The state also found no birth records at the Bethal hospital from which the home affairs registry shows he was born.
The case continues.
(edited by ZK)
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