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'No surprise Mandla died giving help'

Sowetan (English) 2017-05-19 Peter Ramothwala

© Gallo Images Colleagues describe DJ and actor as jolly guy who meant well 

Slain Jozi FM DJ and former Generations star Mandla Hlatshwayo will be laid to rest at Avalon Cemetery tomorrow.

Hlatshwayo was shot on Sunday night outside Meli Lounge, a popular pub in Pimville, Soweto.

His friend Oupa “Chom Chom” Duma was also shot dead. The two were trying to intervene when female patrons were being robbed of cellphones.

Hlatshwayo was born on November 24 1976 at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital and spent his childhood in Mndeni and later Chiawelo, both in Soweto.

He started his career in theatre then went on to star in popular television productions such as Electric Workshop, Soul City and Generations, where his star rose highest as Simphiwe Khoza.

He also featured in South African movie Finding Lenny.

Hlatshwayo also found time in between his hectic acting schedule to venture into music as a club DJ, which led to him releasing a well received CD titled Jozi Knights.

He also tapped into radio at Jozi FM, a Soweto-based community station. He was working for the station at the time of his death.

According to his close friend and Jozi FM chief executive producer Mpho Mhlongo, Hlatshwayo went to Meli Lounge because he had a meeting there. Before his death, Mandla spent Sunday afternoon with his colleagues and Mhlongo at the Jozi FM Walk 4 Life Fun Run.

“We spent the day there. He was handing out medals, taking pictures and giving hugs. He was a very handy person and was helping people,” Mhlongo said.

“When I heard that he got shot while trying to help someone, I wasn’t surprised. That was his nature,” he added.

Mpho described Mandla as a “jolly guy” and “very helpful”.

In his condolences, President Jacob Zuma said: “The country has lost one of its shining young stars in the entertainment industry, who passed away reportedly at the hands of cold-hearted criminals. We convey our heartfelt condolences to his family. Our prayers and thoughts are with them in this difficult period. May his soul rest in peace.

“Mr Hlatshwayo, would be remembered for his brilliant acting talent he displayed in the popular television soapie Generations as well as in the youth educative drama, Soul City...”

Mandla is the son of Phindile Priscilla and the late Michael Hlatshwayo. He is survived by his wife and five children.

Born: November 24 1976

Died: May 14 2017

Funeral: Tomorrow, Protea South Multipurpose Centre

Burial: Avalon Cemetery

People we lost in 2017 (Provided by MSN)  

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