The driver has been identified as Chanda Field Mwila, holder of passport number ZN 599530, He is of house number 11 Mapasa Road, Chilenje South in Lusaka.
A statement by the Zambian Mission in South Africa states Mwila was found dead by Johannesburg police on Saturday May 13, 2017 in Benoni.
“The deceased who was a truck driver under African Cargo Management (ACM) is believed to have arrived in South Africa from Zambia on Wednesday 9th May 2017 on duty to deliver Cargo for the company he worked for,” Naomi Nyamwali, press secretary at the Zambian High Commissioner to South Africa states.
Nyamwali explains that Mwila was reported missing on Friday 12th May 2017 by his workmates after he failed to return from where he had gone to buy groceries for his use.
“It is reported that the late Mr Mwila had asked for the Company vehicle to assist him with his local movements.
“Circumstances leading to his death are not yet clear, however police preliminary investigation indicate that he was brutally murdered in a car hijacking case as the Company car has not been found,” the statement reads.
Nyamwali states that the Late Mwila’s body has since been deposited at the Springs Mortuary in Johannesburg awaiting repatriation to Zambia for burial proceedings.
Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa Emmanuel Mwamba has expressed sadness and shock at the manner in which Mwila met his death.
Mwamba said the Mission will continue to liaise with the Police to ensure that this murder and that of other recent deaths were resolved and perpetrators brought to book.