'Missing' #OutsourcingMustFall activist Vusi Mahlangu arrested by ECape Hawks

APRIL 6, 2016

The mystery around well-known #OutsourcingMustFall activist, Vusi Mahlangu (33), has deepened even more after it emerged on Wednesday morning that he was arrested by the Hawks in Eastern Cape for perjury and defeating the ends of justice on Tuesday.

"Mahlangu, who was allegedly kidnapped in Mthatha on 29 March 2016, was in company of his lawyers when he visited the Hawks offices in East London to submit an affidavit which detailed his version of events surrounding his abduction and ultimate release to safety," said Hawks spokesperson, Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi.

"He was however arrested as his statement contradicted statements from witnesses and evidence collected by the task team which was responsible for investigating the alleged kidnapping."

Mahlangu is expected to appear before the Mthatha Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.

Mahlangu was in Mthatha to address a meeting of outsourced workers last week Tuesday at the Walter Sisulu University’s Mthatha 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."

Eastern Cape police launched ann investigation on last week Thursday.

His fellow activists even reportedly said that they believed that Walter Sisulu University security guards were 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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