CCS Events
CCS Libraries
About CCS
CCS Projects
CCS Highlights

Alarm after student activist disappears

IOL News 30 March 2016

Johannesburg – Concerned friends have told police in Mthatha, Eastern Cape, that student activist Vusi Mahlangu “disappeared” while on his way to a meeting with outsourced workers at the Walter Sisulu University.

A missing person case was being opened at the Madeira Police Station, Mahlangu’s friend Vuyo Mtonintshi said Wednesday morning.

Mtonintshi said his activist friend had slept at his house and was last seen at around 10am on Tuesday before he left for a meeting with university workers.

He said it was feared Mahlangu had been kidnapped after he sent an alarming message from his cellphone on Tuesday.

Mtonintshi said: “He did not arrive at that meeting … he later sent the text saying: ‘I am either kidnapped or arrested and I am bleeding … In a dark place at Mthatha, my phone is about to die.’”

Speaking by phone Mtonintshi said: “We are doing everything to search for him … police at Madeira Police Station told us yesterday [Tuesday] they could not open a case yet, we came today to open a missing person case.”

Mahlangu, who hails from Mpumalanga, is credited with negotiating for outsourced workers at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), where management started a process to do away with outsourcing and improving the workers’ wages.

Mahlangu, nicknamed “Oldman”, was also involved in the #FeesMustFall campaign.

Mtonintshi said he first met Mahlangu in 2009 and realised how he was dedicated to fight for the poor.

“He is a dedicated commissar who grew up in PASMA [ Pan Africanist Student Movement of Azania] structures. He came to the Eastern Cape to help struggling workers at WSU, we are putting pressure on the police to help find him.”

Social media was abuzz with news of Mahlangu’s disappearance.

 Other Alternative Media Websites
 World Socialist Website 
 Pambazuka News 
 Abahlali baseMjondolo 
 The South African Civil Society Information Service  
 The Real News 
 Municipal Hotspots Monitor 
 Media for Justice 
 RTCC News 
 Workers' Fightback 
 The Vast Minority  
 Indymedia Africa 
 Protest News from Greece 
 Amandla Alternative Media 
 Prensa Latina 
 Dissident Voice 
 Information Clearing House 
 Haiti News 
 Media Channel 
 Telesur TV 
 Western Cape Anti-eviction Campaign 
 Treatment Action Campaign 
 COSATU news 
 Newsclip Autopsy 
 Green Left Weekly 
 The Mail & Guardian 
 Think Progress 
 Cape Town TV 
 Shadow Government Statistics US 
 Uganda Anarchism 
 Upside Down World 
 Hands Off Venezuela 
 Agencia Informação Moçambique 
 This Day (Nigeria) 
 Addis Tribune (Ethiopia) 
 The Namibian 
 The Monitor (Uganda) 
 The Daily Monitor 
 Socialist Worker (UK) 
 The Center for Public Integrity  
 Outlook India  
 The Washington Post  
 The Nation (U.S.A.) 
 AL-AHRAM (Egypt)  
 The Guardian (UK) 
 Mail and Guardian (South Africa) 
 The New York Times 
 Courrier International (le monde)* 
 Green Net 
 Journal of Higher Education in Africa 
 Socialist Appeal  
 Media Watch 
 Media Alliance 
 Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting 
 Media Review Network  
 Z Mag 
 Indymedia India 
 Indymedia Argentina 
 Indymedia Brazil 
 Indymedia Chiapas 
 Indymedia Israel 
 The Electronic Intifada  
 Venezuela News Website 
 Electronic Iraq  
 Freedom of Expression Institute 
 Media Matters 
 Wiki News 
 We Are Everywhere 

|  Contact Information  |  Terms of Use  |  Privacy