South Africa woke up on Monday to the sad news that former Generations actor and Jozi FM DJ Mandla Hlatshwayo has died.
Jozi FM boss Mpho Mhlangu confirmed Hlatswayo’s death on social media.
“It is with sadness that i inform you of the passing of our beloved brother, friend and colleague, Mandla Hlatshwayo. He was gunned down last night at Meli pub in Pimville. He will be sorely missed. May his humble soul Rest In Peace!”
— Jozi FM (@jozifm) May 15, 2017
The radio host who was 40 years old at the time of his death was killed by gunmen at a Pimville nightclub on Sunday night. Hlatswayo and a friend were reportedly killed during a robbery at the club.
Also, the police confirmed that a popular actor and his friend were gunned down at Meli Pub in Pimville. The incident took place around 23:00 on Sunday night.
“What happened was, four armed men came into the place. The two victims were trying to rescue two girls who were being robbed and they were shot and killed instantly,” said Police spokesperson Captain Hitler Ngwenya.
Apparently, Jozi FM DJ Mandla Hlatshwayo and his friend were only trying to help other people in the pub who were being robbed. Unfortunately, the story didn’t get a happy ending.
While Ngwenya said that a case of murder has been opened, he also revealed that the suspects are still at large.
Nevertheless, the police believe that the people who committed the crime reside in and around the area. Thus, an appeal has been sent out to the community to assist them in nabbing the culprits.
Hlatshwayo was best known for his role as Siphiwe Phosa on the hit SABC1 soapie Generations. He played the role for seven years, from 1999 to 2006 before moving on to other projects.
He also starred in Soul City and The Lab and presented a magazine programme called Electric Workshop.