Friends of activist concerned after SMS claims he was kidnapped

2016-03-29 21:15
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Mthatha - Friends of activist Vusi Oldman Mahlangu are concerned after they received a SMS claiming that he had been kidnapped and was "in a dark place".

Walter Sisulu University (WSU) Mthatha campus student Vuyo Mntonintshi said Mahlangu went missing on Tuesday morning.

Mntonintshi said the last time he saw his friend was at 10:00 when he left his house to attend a meeting with outsourced workers.

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

Mntonintshi, who is also the former SRC treasurer of WSU, said a case had been opened with police.

Police were not able to immediately confirm this. 

He said Mahlangu had been helping outsourced workers at the university and was mobilising people to help. Mahlangu was not a WSU student.

However, Mntonintshi said he could not speculate if this was connected to his disappearance.

"It might be early to say but it might also be the case... but circumstances... lead one to assume that maybe people behind issues of service providers could be involved. But I don't want to speculate," he said.

Mahlangu's friends were currently meeting to discuss ways they could help police locate him.

"We are very worried. We are now meeting with other comrades to see what we can do from our side," said Mntonintshi.

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