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Police attempt to track missing student activist’s phone

The 'outsourcing must fall' movement has accused Xhobani Security of being behind his disappearance.

Outsourcing Must Fall campaign organiser Vusi Mahlangu. Picture: @Marxist_Oldman via Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG - Student leaders at the Walter Sisulu University say police are now trying to track the cellphone of an outsourcing must fall activist, while the movement's national structure has accused Xhobani Security of being behind his disappearance.

Vusi Mahlangu was last seen en route to a meeting with workers at the university in Mthatha at around 10am yesterday morning.

He didn't arrive for that meeting and later sent a distressing message saying he was being kept in a dark room and was bleeding.

SRC member at the Walter Sisulu University Tino Muringani said, "We haven't heard anything about his whereabouts but we have contacted the police and they are trying to trace him. We know he went missing at around 4:30pm and now we are trying to push the media to get the message out that he is missing."

National outsourcing must fall spokesperson Mametlwe Sebei says the recent intimidation of students and workers by the university's Xhobani Security guard makes them the prime suspects.

Mahlangu played a critical role in the outsourcing must fall strike at Tshwane University of Technology, University of Pretoria and Unisa in Gauteng.

Xhobani Security have yet to respond to the claims.