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Hawks offer reward for rearrest of alleged hitman in Sam Holdings manager’s murder

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The Hawks in Mpumalanga is offering an R50 000 reward for information that could lead to the arrest and prosecution of Mhlabayauyaxega Khumalo (34).

Khumalo is alleged to have been involved in the murder of Nkosinathi Ngcongo (30), who was the General Manager of Sam Holdings, a trucking company owned by Sam Chabalala.

Ngcogo (30) was shot eight times while he was on duty at one of Sam Holdings truck depot in Bethal.

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His murder came few days after he gave the Hawks a sworn affidavit relating to the fraud, illegal firearm and ammunition as well as corruption charges of the Mpumalanga multimillionaire trucker, Sam Chabalala (24).

Khumalo and his co-accused were allegedly seen with Chabalala and a female suspect before Ngcogco’s murder on the hospital’s CCTV where Chabalala was admitted for food poisoning.

An amount of R100 000 was allegedly paid to the pair for carrying out the job to kill Ngcogco.

Further investigations led to the arrest of Nkosi who is currently in custody.

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His murder trial is expected to kick off on Wednesday at the Bethal Magistrates Court. 

Two warrants of arrest have since been issued for the “missing” Chabalala who has failed to appear at the Witbank and Middelburg Magistrates Court in March.

Mshengu as he is affectionately known, was out on an R200 000 bail when he was recently arrested for another charge of corruption in which he was granted a bail of R500 000 by the Middelburg Magistrates Court.

He made headlines last year July after flashing a convoy of his expensive 72 cars to the Durban July event.

Chabalala has always claimed to be born in Venda, Limpopo however, in his last court appearance, it was revealed that he was born in Zimbabwe and his real name is Gilbert Tachuona.

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Mpumalanga Hawks spokeswoman, Dineo Sekgotodi said investigations have since linked Khumalo to the same incident.

 “It is believed that he might be around Gauteng or Kwazulu-Natal,” she said.

Sekgotodi urged anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the wanted persons to contact Captain Bongani Mdebuka on 0827824443 or Colonel Danie Hall on 071481 328.

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