Axing serves Magaqa right says young Reds leader

2011-11-11 00:00

THE ANC Youth League’s secretary-general, Sindiso Magaqa, the only politician from KwaZulu-Natal who faced the wrath of the ANC’s national disciplinary committee (NDC) yesterday, has been described by those who served with him in the party’s structures as a brave and cunning politician who plotted his rise to the current post.

The NDC handed Magaqa an 18-month suspension, suspended for three years for the derogatory statement he issued on behalf of the league on August 2 against minister Malusi Gigaba.

Magaqa refused to comment when contacted yesterday, only saying that, “we are not speaking to the media until Sunday, thank you”, before dropping the call.

KZN politicians who served with 28-year-old Magaqa in ANC structures of both his hometown of Mzimkhulu and in the province, told The Witness that Magaqa is a brave, ambitious, ruthless, populist, intelligent strategist and cunning politician.

Thabiso Zulu, who now serves in the interim structure of the Young Communist League (YCL) in KZN, has served two terms with Magaqa in the ANC’s Harry Gwala Region in the Sisonke District.

Zulu, who was secretary of the region while Magaqa was chairperson, said that Magaqa would stop at nothing to get what he wants.

“He would stand for nomination at every elective conference, from branch level, ­ANCYL at branches, REC, PEC ... the only thing that prevented him from standing for elections at Women’s League conferences was because he is a man,” said Zulu.

Zulu said that Magaqa is so ambitious that if there were elective conferences in heaven, Magaqa would not think twice about standing.

He said the verdict served Magaqa right because he and other comrades from Mzimkhulu had warned Magaqa not to align himself with ANCYL president Julius Malema because Malema is “chaotic”.

“However (Magaqa) is a fighter and he will not take anything lying down,” said Zulu.

Sisonke District Mayor and chairperson of the Harry Gwala Region, Mluleki Ndobe, said, “I was already in the regional ANCYL when Magaqa joined the structure … there were times where we disagreed on certain matters, but that is only natural when serving in a democratic organisation.”

He said: “On behalf of the region we would not like to comment on the verdict because that is an internal matter of the ANC.”

He said they will also respect the right of those suspended to appeal.

Ntobeko Mavuka, a member of the disbanded KZN ANCYL leadership, who also served with Magaqa as his deputy in the youth league at Harry Gwala region, described Magaqa as an intellectual and a strategist.

He said it would be premature for him to comment on the suspended members.

Malema’s vocal supporter in KZN, Bheki Mtolo, who is the member of the league’s provincial task team that took over the running of the ANCYL PEC after its disbandment, described Magaqa as a tried and tested leader.

He would not lead in the ANCYL if he was not, added Mtolo.

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