Two suspects have been taken in for questioning in the case of Esther Mahlangu, one of South Africa’s most renowned artists.
Mahlangu, who paints vibrant geometric works based on traditional Ndebele designs, was assaulted, strangled and robbed of an undisclosed amount of money as well as a gun last month.
Mpumalanga police have confirmed that they are following strong leads. They have offered a R50 000 reward for information leading to the arrest of suspects in the case.
The video below is reporting on the recovery of Dr Esther Mahlangu after the attack and robbery:
In April 2018, the University of Johannesburg conferred Mahlangu with an honorary doctoral degree.
In February 2020, Mahlangu became the first South African to have her distinctive artwork displayed on a customised Rolls Royce Phantom.
The self-taught artist is known for her bold, large-scale contemporary art.
In 1991, she became the first African and first female artist to paint a BMW Art Car, following in the footsteps of the likes of Andy Warhol and others.
Born in Middleburg, Mpumalanga, in 1935, Esther Mahlangu has become the ambassador of South Africa’s South Ndebele heritage and art.
Mpumalanga Premier Refilwe Mtsweni-Tsipane visits Esther Mahlangu following arrest of suspects: