Former Sanco leader shot and killed ‘for a cellphone’

Sapromo believes King Mahlangu was assassinated.

The family of King Mahlangu is in shock after his murder in Mpumalanga, Ridge Times reports.

Mahlangu, an activist, a former Sanco leader and the general secretary of the Sakhisizwe Progressive Movement (Sapromo), was shot and killed on Tuesday, August 29 in Middelburg.

His family said Mahlangu was on his way from a Practical Radical Economic Transformation (Pret) launch in Nkomazi when he was murdered.

It is reported he died on the scene and that only his cellphone was stolen.

Xolani Mahlangu said his brother did not use his car to go to the launch, but was taken by his comrades.

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“We were told they were however not returning to the Bethal area, and Mahlangu had to hitchhike. It is alleged that when he was shot, he was calling someone to come pick him up in Middelburg. The person who told us about the tragedy, said he was on his phone when somebody else suddenly spoke on that phone and then there were gunshots.”

Sibusiso Hlolweni, president of Sapromo, said: “Mahlangu was a true revolutionary, a dedicated cadre of the movement and the most diligent member of the society. We have lost a visionary, a leader and a servant of the people. We are crippled by his passing, and it will take time to recover from his loss, and we will never forget King, and will continue to fight the economic struggle he introduced to the movement before he was assassinated.”

He added: “We will never forget his kindness. May God give him eternal rest and the family the strength to bear their great pain.”


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 Caxton News Service

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