Student activist Vusi
Mahlangu, who claimed he was kidnapped and assaulted last week, is expected
back in the Mthatha Magistrate’s Court today.
Mahlangu made his first
appearance in court earlier this week following his arrest on charges of
perjury and defeating the ends of justice.
NPA regional spokesperson,
Luxolo Tyali previously said the matter was
postponed to verify background
information and check if Mahlangu has previous convictions.
Mahlangu was arrested on
Tuesday following his visit to the offices of the Directorate for Priority
Crime Investigation (Hawks) in the Eastern Cape.
Last week Mahlangu
mysteriously went missing. At the time, he was last seen while on his way to a
meeting with workers at the Walter Sisulu University in Mthatha.
Mahlangu’s friends raised the
alarm after the activist failed to arrive at a meeting with WSU workers around
the issue of outsourcing.
In a WhatsApp message,
Mahlangu wrote that he had been kidnapped, beaten and was being held in a dark
News of his disappearance made
headlines across the country.
However, Hawks national
spokesperson Major Robert Netshiunda later said “that Mahlangu’s statement amounted to perjury.
statement contradicted statements from witnesses and evidence collected by the
task team which was responsible for investigating the alleged kidnapping.”
Mahlangu is credited with
negotiating for workers at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), where
management started a process to do away with outsourcing and improving the
He went to the Eastern Cape to
assist university workers there.
Mahlangu is currently being
detained at Mthatha Central police station.
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