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Sam Mshengu. Image from Twitter/@Njabulo_rx

Sam Mshengu: What became of Sam Holdings ‘Durban July King’

Sam Mshengu is best known for his famous Durban July convoy. In 2019 Holdings brought Durban to a standstill with a convoy of 72 exotic cars.

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Sam Mshengu. Image from Twitter/@Njabulo_rx

Sam Mshengu, the fall of a millionaire. Once a household name in the trucking business, Sam Holdings quickly fizzled out of the game despite having a fleet of over 52 trucks.

The woes of Sam Holdings owner Sam Mshengu Chabalala are said to be privy to the fall of the company.

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Sam Mshengu
Sam Mshengu. Image from Twitter/@Njabulo_rx

Mshengu, nicknamed the ‘truck millionaire,’ disappeared from the public spotlight after the HAWKS closed in on his wealth and citizenship.

Against these charges, he saw himself implicated in several alleged fraud and bribery cases.

What’s puzzling is that these allegations and his disappearance from the spotlight have increased his popularity.

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He is best known as ‘Sam July’ after he showed up at Durban July with a convoy of 72 exotic cars.

By then, he made it known he had only splashed more than half a million on fuel alone. However, his lavish life, capped with glitz and glamour, led to his downfall.


He furnished his craze to be a truck owner after registering his trucking company in 2014.

A few years later, Sam Holdings was one of the biggest trucking companies, with a fleet of more than 50 trucks.

Sam Mshengu
Sam Mshengu. Image from Instagram/@samholdings

The success of the trucking business saw Mshengu spreading his wings to mining. He established Mshengu Mining and Resources as a subsidiary of Sam Holdings.

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After living large, Mshengu was arrested for his questionable citizenship. According to BuzzSouthAfrica, he held South African citizenship whilst allegedly being a Zimbabwean.

Sam Holdings was also later accused of fraud, illegally possessing a firearm and corruption, and these allegations worsened his woes.

Sam Holdings manager was shot dead at their depot in Bethal Mpumalanga after having a police interview over Chabalala’s citizenship.

Unconfirmed reports have it that Sam’s bodyguard shot the manager after selling him out to the police.

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