African Actor Killed Trying to Stop Robbery

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South Africans are paying tribute to a former actor on popular local TV series Generations who was killed during a mugging on Sunday night.

Mandla Hlatshwayo and his friend were shot after confronting a group of men who had robbed women of their mobile phones in a pub in Soweto. Those who knew the 40-year-old have described him as a selfless man.

South Africa has one of the highest murder rates in the world with more than 50,000 cases reported every year.

Many are using social media to send messages of condolences to the family of Mr. Hlatshwayo, who was also a disc jockey for local radio station Jozi FM.

The hashtag #RIPMandla has been trending since news of his death broke on Monday morning.

Jozi FM head Mpho Mhlongo, who confirmed the star’s death, noted that Mr. Hlatshwayo’s father was also killed some years ago during a robbery.

Mr. Hlatshwayo’s death has sparked a debate around how to tackle the country’s extensive crime levels but it makes many realize there are no easy solutions, says the BBC’s Pumza Fihlani in Johannesburg.

There have been no arrests yet.

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