Eastern Cape police investigating mysterious disappearance of activist Vusi Mahlangu

APRIL 1, 2016

Eastern Cape police on Friday morning announced that they were investigating the mysterious disappearance of a well-known #OutsourcingMustFall activist, Vusi 'Oldman' Mahlangu, on Tuesday morning in Mthatha.

"The SAPS would like inform the public that the allegations that Vusi Mahlangu has been found are false. SAPS can further confirm that a Multidisciplinary Task Team is following on all leads in an effort to locate Mahlangu," said police spokesperson, Lt Col Mzukisi Fatyela.

Mahlangu was in Mthatha to address a meeting of outsourced workers at the Walter Sisulu University’s Mthata campus when he vanished at around 10am.

Shockingly, around 4:30pm on Tuesday, he reportedly sent his friends a Whatsapp message that read; "I am either kidnapped or arrested and I am bleeding ... in a dark place at Mthatha, my phone is about to die."

His friends reported his disappearance to the police but apparently the police told them that they could not do anything as they had to wait 48 hours to report a missing person.

Meanwhile, his fellow activists reportedly said that they believe that Walter Sisulu University security guards are behind the disappearance.

Speaking to radio station, Power FM, Lunga Mantashe, of the Pan Africanist Student Movement of Azania (Pasma), said Mahlangu had called them 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," Mantashe said.

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