Nhlanhla Lux Dlamini (Real name: Nhlanhla Paballo Mohlauli; born September 2, 1986; Age: 36 years old) is a South African anti-immigrant activist, pilot, and businessman, who shot to prominence as the commander of a group called Operation Dudula.
The spotlight fell on Dlamini for the first time on July 13, 2021, after he posted a short video of himself on Facebook vowing to defend the Maponya Mall in his hometown Soweto with his life at the peak of the riots and looting that rocked KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng that year. This singular act won him national recognition and fans as he was hailed as the protector of public infrastructure and the township economy.
Nhlanhla Lux Dlamini Was Born In Soweto In 1986
Dlamini’s life began in Soweto, in Johannesburg municipality, Gauteng Province, on September 2, 1986. It is unknown if he is an only child, and there is no information about his childhood.
The controversial activist is said to have spent the bulk of his life between two homes in Soweto, precisely in Dube and Meadowlands. Further information about Nhlanhla’s background and early life is not known publicly as he hasn’t spoken much about this aspect of his life.
Nhlanhla Lux Dlamini’s Qualifications
Nhlanhla attended Jeppe Boys High and later earned a sports scholarship to the Catholic private boys’ school St David’s Marist Inanda in Johannesburg. He graduated from the institution in 2005. He is said to have also studied politics at the University of Johannesburg and was an ANC youth league secretary on campus. He reportedly dropped out because he was “bored.”
He briefly taught sports development in China around 2007 after he contacted China to teach sports development in South Africa in exchange to be able to study in China. He returned to South Africa the following year. He subsequently studied golf through the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) around 2008/09 and later took up the mantle of a golf pro.
At about the age of 20, Dlamini was credited as the sole director of the aviation charter company Native Airways, according to the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC). The CC was said to have been registered as far back as April 2007. Currently, the airways’ website no longer exists.
Mohlauli is also the president of a movement called the Soweto Parliament, which he claimed is not a structure or organization with political interest or support. He claims their mandate is to ensure that “South African cultures and languages are fully protected and that people enjoy an equal share in the billion-dollar economy of Soweto.”
The Soweto-born controversial activist was a Naturena Community Policing Forum’s patrol group member in about 2019. He is a qualified and certified pilot.
Nhlanhla Lux Mohlauli was thrust into the public eye in 2021 after he posted a short video of himself on Facebook vowing to defend the Maponya Mall in his hometown Soweto with his life during riots and looting that rocked KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng that eventually spread to Soweto.
Famed for his assertiveness and bravery, Nhlanhla has earned himself thousands of followers and heavy backlash and criticism for how he and his Operation Dudula group have been treating immigrants.
The group said their major aim is to “Put South Africa First,” make it possible for people to be employed, better the lives of black people, deal with illegal immigrants, the proliferation of drugs, and prostitution in communities.
Unverified reports have it that he has about 10 companies registered under his name, but none of them are currently trading.
Who Are Nhlanhla Lux Dlamini’s Parents?
Nhlanhla Lux Dlamini’s parents are Mr. and Mrs. Mohlauli. However, their first names, background, origins, occupations, and whereabouts are not open to public scrutiny. The Soweto-born activist is said to have shared that his dad was a struggle hero who went the extra mile to fund the struggle.
Dlamini’s mother also owns a house in Meadowlands, but further information about other properties she owns is not known. The public became aware of this after the activist appeared in court for assaulting his mother’s tenant sometime in 2019 for failure to pay his rent.
Is Nhlanhla Lux Dlamini Married?
Nhlanhla Lux Dlamini does not have a wife at the moment. He is yet to be legally married, and he is not dating any woman publicly. Information about his love life is difficult to come by, and he has never mentioned being married or dating anyone.
The activist has not given birth to his kids as well. It is difficult to tell if he has been in past relationships because he has kept his fans in the dark about his love life.
Despite His Acclaimed ‘Heroism,’ Dlamini Has Been Involved In A Couple Of Controversies
Nhlanhla may have helped secure Soweto’s most thriving mall and also taken part in other heroic actions during the ignoble looting and riots that took place in the country in 2021, and he’s no stranger to controversies and scandals.
Sometime in March 2022, Dlamini was arrested and charged with housebreaking, theft, and malicious damage to property in the Roodepoort Magistrates’ Court after the members of Operation Dudula broke away from an Operation Dudula march that had a police escort and targeted the home of a man called Victor Ramarafe whom they alleged to be a drug dealer.
The Operation Dudula members allegedly stormed and ransacked Ramarafe’s home. However, during investigations by police, no drugs were found in Ramarafe’s home. Victor, a known EFF supporter, filed a lawsuit against Dlamini and his members.
The controversial activist was subsequently granted bail of R1, 500. He made his last court appearance in May. His case was postponed until the end of July to submit presentations.
Mohlauhi is also being sued to the tune of R600,000 by Vertex Events (an events and promotions company) for owing them an undisclosed amount of money for promotions work they did for him back in 2015.
In September 2019, Dlamini’s mother’s tenant laid a complaint against him with the Meadowlands SAPS after the pilot assaulted him over unpaid rent. Nhlanhla had been convicted for failure to appear in court in September 2019 in connection with the case.
He was handed a “caution and discharge” notice on February 13, 2022, and he is expected to make court appearances for the common assault charge or face jail time or a fine.