Mandla Hlatshwayo. Picture: Twitter

Johannesburg - Police Minister Mr Fikile Mbalula has learnt with shock and sadness about the death of Mandla Hlatshwayo, who was brutally killed in an armed robbery.

“It is sad that we are losing role models in society, when our country so desperately needs them to inspire our youth.” Minister Fikile Mbalula said.

He said that he is highly concerned about the number of guns that are circulating in the country. He plans to speed processes of the The Firearms Control Act which provides the legal framework for the registration and control of firearms. 

He will push for the Bill to control the impact of firearms as well as the limitation of firearms licences in our society.

“We need the reduction of firearms in circulation and the non-proliferation of both legal and illegal firearms,” Mbalula said.

He assured all South Africans that the South African Police Service will do everything in their power to apprehend Hlatshwayo's killers.

The minister sent his condolences to the listeners of Jozi FM, the supporters of Mandla Hlatshwayo, his colleagues, friends and especially his family.

It was earlier reported that Hlatshwayo was shot dead on Sunday night during an attempted robbery in Soweto.

Hlatshwayo was known for his role on Generations, playing Siphiwe Phosa as well being a DJ on Jozi FM.

Police spokesperson Captain Nomvula Mbense confirmed the death, saying four armed men stormed a pub in Pimville between 10pm and 11pm and tried to rob everyone inside.

“Two victims were shot during the robbery and died on the scene. At this stage it’s not clear what was stolen from the scene."

“A manhunt is underway for the four men and a case of premeditated murder and armed robbery has been opened – investigations are continuing,” she said.

IOL Adapted from Press Release