A candlelight ceremony will be held for slain actor Mandla Hlatshwayo and his friend, Oupa Duma, on Tuesday evening at the Soweto pub in Pimville, where the two were gunned down when they tried to intervene to stop an armed robbery on Sunday evening.
CEO of Jozi Fm, Mpho Mhlongo, said a decision had been taken to honour Hlatshwayo, who was a DJ at Jozi FM, and Duma at a ceremony at the Meli Pub in Pimville Zone 3.
In a statement, Mhlongo said: “We going to gather this afternoon at Meli Pub where Mandla Hlatshwayo and Oupa Duma were shot dead, we will be joined by other faith-based organisations praying for their souls to rest in peace. The other purpose of this ceremony is to pray for the affected families, colleagues and close friends, we also going to pray for crime in our communities especially looking at what has been happening in our country recently.
“We are all, family and friends alike, grateful to God for the time He has allowed us to enjoy the wonderful gift of Mandla Hlatshwayo. Living under the sovereign timing of God allows us to experience His unfathomable mercy and enjoy the rich rewards of His immeasurable grace. Mandla’s life verse brings comfort to all during this time.”
Earlier on Tuesday, police said four men had been taken into custody for questioning in relation to the murder.
Hlatshwayo, 40, and his friend Oupa “Chom Chom” Duma were gunned down on Sunday evening when they tried to stop two women being robbed of their cellphones. The robbers turned on them and shot both of them. They were declared dead on the scene.
Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said four men had been placed in custody, but was coy to confirm if they were linked to the murder.
“I can confirm that police are questioning four people after they were arrested for firearms and drugs in Soweto last night,” Dlamini said.
“At this stage we cannot say whether they are linked to the murder or not. That is why we are questioning them. We have not charged them with murder yet.”
Hlatshwayo played the role of Siphiwe Khoza for seven years in the popular local television soapie, Generations. At the time of his death he was a DJ at Jozi FM, which broadcasts to Soweto, Kagiso, Lenasia, Krugersdorp, Randfontein, Kempton Park, Germiston and Alberton.
– African News Agency (ANA)