Sam ‘Mshengu’ Chabalala Implicated In Nkosinathi Ngcongo’s Murder
Flamboyant businessman, Sam “Mshengu” Chabalala has been implicated as the brains behind the murder of Nkosinathi Ngcongo, who was his friend and manager at his Sam Holdings company.
Mshengu’s bodyguard, Phindokuhle Eugene Nkosi, who pleaded guilty to Ngcongo’s murder, claimed in his confession statement that was presented before the Mpumalanga High Court sitting in the Delmas magistrate’s court that Chabalala asked him to acquire the services of a hitman to kill Ngcongo after he was arrested for fraud and corruption charges on September 6 last year.
Ngcongo was shot eight times at the Sam Holdings premises in Bethal on September 12 last year when Mshengu was in police custody.
According to the Sowetan, Nkosi, who was employed by Ocean Dawn, a security company that was contracted to Sam Holdings, said Chabalala believed that Ngcongo was the reason he was behind bars that’s why he wanted him dead. He said:
“On September 11 2019, I visited Mr Chabalala. He requested me to go look for a hitman who can kill Mr Nkosinathi Emmanuel Ngcongo as he was the one who caused him to be arrested by the Hawks. He indicated that he would pay any price to be demanded by the hitman.”
“During the day, I showed Khumalo Mr Nkosinathi Ngcongo and indicated to him that this is the person he is supposed to kill. That evening at around 5.30pm, Khumalo and I were at Sam Holdings in Bethal and he indicated that he was waiting for an opportune moment to shoot the deceased.”
“At some stage while we sat in the car, Khumalo indicated that he was going to the toilet. After a short while I heard several gunshots fired in the direction where the deceased had been standing.”
He said Khumalo came running back to the car and the pair drove out of the business premises at high speed. He said he drove the hitman to Emalahleni where he caught a taxi to Johannesburg. Khumalo is yet to be arrested and the Hawks have launched a manhunt for him.
Nkosi was sentenced to 25 years’ imprisonment on October 25 for his role in Ngcongo’s murder. Hawks spokesperson Col Katlego Mogale said Chabalala was still at large with warrants of arrests issued on his real name, Gilbert Tachuona, for corruption. No warrant had been issued for the murder of Ngcongo.
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