Bernadette Wicks
Senior court reporter
4 minute read
4 Dec 2021
5:00 am

Nhlanhla Lux: Meet the man who saved Maponya Mall from looters

Bernadette Wicks

Nhlanhla Lux says his decision to put himself on the line and defend Maponya Mall during the July unrest was a split-second decision.

Entrepreneur and community leader Nhlanhla Lux poses for a photograph at his home in Soweto, 1 December 2021. Lux is known for among other things, defending Maponya Mall during the looting earlier this year. Picture: The Citizen/Michel Bega

Who Nhlanhla Lux is, depends on who you ask. “In Soweto, I’m known as this very radical guy, who’s always ready to fight for people’s rights. But in other communities, I’m known as a ‘Lux, the pro golfer’." "And in others still, I’m ‘Lux, that guy who flies planes’,” he says with a laugh. This year, Lux became a household name across South Africa when he led the defence of Maponya Mall during the violent looting that erupted in the wake of former president Jacob Zuma’s incarceration. Entrepreneur and community leader Nhlanhla Lux poses for a photograph at his home...