Case against ‘kidnapped’ student activist postponed

2016-04-06 17:44


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Mthatha - The case against student activist Vusi Mahlangu has been postponed after he appeared on charges of perjury and defeating the ends of justice in the Mthatha Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said the public prosecutor had successfully opposed bail as the investigating team still needed to verify his physical address and establish whether he had previous convictions.

Mahlangu would appear in court again on April 8 for a bail application. He remained in custody, Mulaudzi said.

On Tuesday last week, Mahlangu went missing in Mthatha when he left to attend a meeting with outsourced Walter Sisulu University workers, News24 reported.

But Mahlangu was taken into custody on Tuesday night by the Hawks on charges of perjury and defeating the ends of justice, the Daily Dispatch newspaper reported.

The self-proclaimed activist has been leading the #OutsourcingMustFall movement at universities.

Lunga Mantashe of the Pan Africanist Student Movement of Azania (Pasma), earlier said Mahlangu had called to tell them that he was being followed by people he believed were from a security service.

"He slept at my house and he left in the morning to address a meeting of workers, and he never arrived," Vuyo Mntonintshi told News24.

"At about 16:30 he sent a message, saying he has been kidnapped, he is in a dark place... and that is the last time we heard from him and we can't get hold of him."

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