Magaqa was respectful, honest and loyal – friends, family, politicians

2017-09-14 18:20
Sindiso Magaqa (Felix Dlangamandla/Netwerk24)

Sindiso Magaqa (Felix Dlangamandla/Netwerk24)

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Umzimkhulu – Sindiso Magaqa was a shining example of what it meant to be loyal to your community.

These were some of the words used to describe former ANC Youth League secretary general Sindiso Magaqa during his memorial service held at his home town of Umzimkhulu in rural KwaZulu-Natal, on Thursday.

Community members, ANC leadership, friends, neighbours and Police Minister Fikile Mbalula paid tribute to him.

READ: There will be no fighting at Sindiso Magaqa's funeral - ANCYL

Speaking to News24, Zweli Mkhize, a community member and friend of Magaqa, said he was a "good young man".

"He was very respectful and kind. He grew up in front of us. He was always willing to help."

Mkhize said he also witnessed the shooting that eventually claimed Magaqa’s life.

"During the incident, I was about 50m behind him in my car. When he arrived, we were about to depart. We heard the gunshots and we ran. We did not know what was happening. When we came back, we realised he was shot."

'Breadwinner'

Magaqa’s neighbour and childhood friend Wababe Chiya said he and Magaqa cut their teeth together in politics.

"We did everything together. Even politics. We contributed to our area when we were establishing branches. He was a bit younger. I grew him, he was too close to me."

He described Magaqa as someone who helped others at every turn.

"We moved miles with Magaqa. He was not just a comrade, but a friend. He was an honest man and loved his family. He loved working with people at grassroots level."

Chiya said he passed on at a time when he was nominated to deputy secretary of the region.

"His passing was a surprise because he was beloved by all. As a black person, you are a breadwinner. At a tender age, he looked after his family and those around him. He grew up under the guidance of his grandmother. He was close to her."

ANC provincial secretary Super Zuma said it was a sad day for everyone.

"It is very difficult for the family but also for the ANC. He was an exemplar of what a loyal ANC member is.

"There are so many things we can learn from comrade Maqaga. He served his people. He was a man who believed in God. Today his church is here. You don’t just become a member of the ANC, but you have to be part of the society."

He added: "He was respectful to the ANC and society at large."

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