Security guards suspected to be behind activist's disappearance

2016-03-30 22:02
(Picture: Walter Sisulu University)

(Picture: Walter Sisulu University)

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Johannesburg – Fellow Outsourcing Must Fall activists believe security guards employed by Walter Sisulu University are behind the disappearance of Vusi 'Oldman' Mahlangu.

In an interview with Power FM, Lunga Mantashe of Pan Africanist Student Movement of Azania (Pasma), said Mahlangu had called to tell them he was being followed by people he believed were from Xhobane Security Services.

"We suspect that is when they caught him..." said Mantashe.

"It is very clear that this is an attempt by the recently appointed security company to bring to end the Outsourcing Must Fall movement," he said.

Mahlangu has been missing since Tuesday.

According to his friend, the last time he saw him 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," Vuyo Mntonintshi told News24.

In a dark place

"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 treasurer of the university's Students Representative Council, said a case had been opened with police.

He said Mahlangu had helped outsourced workers at the university and was mobilising people. Mahlangu was not a WSU student.

But 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 on Tuesday.

Mantashe said Mahlangu had been moving around the country and leading the Outsourcing Must Fall movement.

"He was noticed by the security company and he became figure. And the workers had begun to have trust in him after seeing him participating in the Outsourcing Must Fall in Gauteng," Mantashe said.

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