NELSPRUIT- Well known Mpumalanga businessman Sam Mshengu has been arrested by the Hawks for allegedly acquiring false citizenship.
News reports suggest that Mshengu of Sam Holdings had been arrested by elite police investigative unit the Hawks in the Mpumalanga town of Emalahleni.
This comes after a journalist, Sabelo Skiti confirmed the news of the arrest and that Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi would only release an official statement about the arrest on Monday.
According to The Citizen, Skiti suggested that the case is linked to an investigation of Mshengu’s citizenship status that was initiated by the department of home affairs.
BREAKING: Sam Mshengu of Sam Holdings – who can also be remembered for that convoy of luxury and supercats that were headed to the Durban July this year – has been detained by the Hawks in Witbank, Mpumalanga. The arrest follows and prolonged investigation into his citizenship…
— Sabelo Skiti (@Subz_84) September 8, 2019
“I learned everything about trucks and I loved it. I can tell you everything about the truck. He [my boss] gave me an opportunity to be a truck driver and I started delivering maize and other products for him to Zambia and other neighbouring countries. He then promoted me and I started working as a controller who was in charge of truck drivers,” he said.
He later started his own trucking business. He registered his company, Sam Holdings Trading, in 2014 and used his boss’ trucks to start his business.
“I got a contract even when I didn’t have a truck at the time. I took my boss’ trucks and registered them. I was getting a commission of R10 at the time. I worked for a long time and raised money to buy my own truck. I could make R300,000 a month with commission and salary at the time.”
Mshengu rose to prominence when he led a convoy flashy cars that traveled to the Durban July this year.
It was previously reported that Mshengu was a Mpumalanga-based businessman who set tongues wagging after having the longest convoy at the event, boasting top-of-the-range cars, with many asking how he had made his money. Of the 72 cars, 10 were his.
Mshengu also spoke to PowerFM that he was born in Makwarela, Venda where he revealed his difficult upbringing, which he said mostly due to the passing of his soldier father, who was shot dead in DRC Congo when he was only two days old.
After working in the farms for many years, Mshengu said that he started his own trucking business. He registered his company, Sam Holdings Trading, in 2014 and used his boss’ trucks to start his business.
As the story is developing, DailyAfrika will follow the developments as the law enforcement agency is set to provide an official statement.