Zambian gets 7 years in SA for being in possession of a stolen vehicle
By Staff Reporter
A Zambian has been sentenced to seven years imprisonment by a South African court for being in possession of a stolen motor vehicle.
In a statement issued by first secretary for press and public relation at the Zambian High Commission in Pretoria, Naomi Nyawali said Chilala Muhyila, aged 47, was sentenced by the Laphalale Magistrate Court in Limpopo Province.
Muhyila, a businessman of Livingstone, was arrested when he tried to cross Martin drift border into Botswana on his way to Zambia.
The court established that he was guilty of being in possession of a stolen motor vehicle, identified as a Ford Ranger.
Muhyila has since been taken to Modimolle Correctional facility in Limpopo Province where he will serve his sentence.
He once lived in Kempton Park, Johannesburg, before relocating to Livingstone with his family sometime last year.
And Zambia’s acting High Commissioner to South Africa Maynard Misapa has urged Zambian car dealers to engage in clean businesses.
He said there was need for car dealers to ensure that the vehicles they were buying from South Africa were cleared by local authorities.
Misapa said the imprisonment of Muhyila was unfortunate.