Friday, April 08, 2016

Vusi Mahlangu expected in court today

Raymond Pani
08 April 2016

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 room.

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.

His 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 workers’ wages.

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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