Mandla Hlatshwayo. Picture: Twitter

"They took his life and then his shoes."  Tributes and reactions continue to pour in for former Generations actor and Jozi FM DJ Mandla Hlatshwayo who was reportedly gunned down in Pimville , Soweto on Sunday night.

Jozi FM CEO Mpho Mhlongo confirmed the tragic news on a Facebook post earlier this morning.

“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!”

According to reports, Hlatshwayo was shot dead alongside his pal during a robbery at a pub.

The pair were alleged assisting two ladies, who were being robbed outside the pub, when they were gunned down.

The 40-year-old was popularly known for his role as Siphiwe Phosa on the SABC1 soapie Generations, a role which he played for nearly seven years.

Morning Live news anchor Leanne Manas tweeted: "Former Generations actor and Jozi FM DJ Mandla Hlatshwayo has been killed."

BREAKING NEWS: Actor #MandlaHlatshwayo shot dead

Celebs, fans and friends took to social media to pay their respect to the slain star.

Hlatshwayo made his television debut in 1996 when he starred in the SABC 1 soapie Soul City 2. Hlatshwayo is well known on the club scene as DJ Mandla.

In 2006 he released his released his debut album titled Jozi Nights Volume 1.

He made his television comeback in January 2007 as he took on the role of Dr Victor Ngubane on the soapie Backstage.