Tempers flare at slain councillor’s home

2017-09-15 06:00
Sindiso Magaqa.Photo: File

Sindiso Magaqa.Photo: File

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ANC members were meant to mourn the death of former ANC Youth League general secretary Sindiso Magaqa, but tensions ran high when angry ANC members protested outside Magaqa’s home in Ibisi on Tuesday, trying to prevent mourners from entering­.

Magaqa, an Umzimkhulu Municipality councillor, died at Durban’s Inkosi Albert Luthuli Hospital on Monday after succumbing to wounds sustained when he and two councillors were shot in July.
The two councillors, Ntsiki Mafa and Jabu Mzizi, were treated in hospital and discharged. No one has been arrested for the crime.
Magaqa is the fourth Umzimkhulu councillor to be killed since last year.

When the Fever went to Magaqa’s home on Tuesday ANC members were holding a meeting in a tent in the yard and would not allow, what they said “were people suspected of being linked to Magaqa’s death” to enter the home and join the mourners.

When a convoy of cars containing former AU chairperson and presidential hopeful Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, ANC Provincial Chairperson Sihle Zikalala and others arrived at Magaqa’s home, the angry mob waved placards stating that the deputy provincial ANC secretary and Harry Gwala District Municipality Mayor Mluleki Ndobe, Umzimkhulu Municipality Mayor Mphuthumi Mpabanga, and Umzimkhulu Municipality Manager Zweliphansi Sikhosana must not enter Magaqa’s home to grieve with the family.

Zikalala and Dlamini-Zuma eventually met Magaqa’s family inside the home while the angry mob protested outside.

Provincial ANC member Meshack Radebe­ and Harry Gwala Regional Chairperson Zamo Nxumalo tried to negotiate with the angry picketers to allow Ndobe and Mpabanga inside the house, but they were refused entry and as a result Ndobe and Mpabanga had to wait in their cars while Zikalala and Dlamini-Zuma addressed Magaqa’s family and “allowed­” mourners.

Gugulethu Mavuma, who was one of picketers, said they are picketing because they are sick of political killings in Umzimkhulu. He said they believe leaders are behind Magaqa’s death.

Zikalala said Magaqa’s death came as a shock because he was recovering in hospital.
“KZN is now the shame of the country because of political killings. This situation is unbearable to the movement to lose a man of the calibre of Magaqa,” said Zikalala.

Dlamini-Zuma proposed that a meeting be held to discuss ways to end political killings in Umzimkhulu and KZN.

Family spokesman Vuma Magaqa said the family is not happy to see disunity over Magaqa’s death.
“We condemn the picket outside our home as we are still mourning.”

Magaqa is survived by his wife, three children and his mother. He will be laid to rest tomorrow in Umzimkhulu.



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