Slain councillor’s friend demands justice

Photos: khaya magenuANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa (left) chats to KZN MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison Mxolisi Kaunda.
Photos: khaya magenuANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa (left) chats to KZN MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison Mxolisi Kaunda.

“THE arrest of a person linked to Magaqa’s death is not a relief to me, the relief will be catching the person who hired a hit man to kill Magaqa,” said Sandiso Magaqa’s friend, Les Stuta, to Fever after the Hawks reported they had arrested one suspect in connection with his murder.

Magaqa, former ANCYL and Umzimkhulu councillor, was laid to rest at his home village at Ibisi on Saturday after­ dying two weeks ago.

Stuta said he wants to know who hired the killer and believes he was killed for attempting to expose “rampant corruption” that allegedly goes on at Umzimkhulu Local Municipality.

Hawks spokesperson Hagwani Mulaudzi­ said one of the suspects in the attempted murder of Nontsikelelo Mafa (27) and Jabu Msiya (44), has been positively­ identified.

“Jabulani Mdunge, who resided in the Berea and KwaMashu hostels was allegedly part of 10 armed robbers who were involved in a shoot-out with police on the N2 between Harding and Kokstad on September 1,” said Mulaudzi. 

He said the men were allegedly on their way to commit a cash-in-transit robbery when they were intercepted by police. 

When confronted by police, the suspects opened fire on them and in the exchange of gunfire, three suspects were killed, while seven were arrested. A number of firearms, including AK47s and handguns, were confiscated.

Mdunge was killed in the shoot-out and has been identified and linked as one of the suspects that matched the profile through forensic intervention. 

Attempts to apprehend the second suspect are still under way.

The Hawks are offering R450 000 for information that could lead to the arrest and successful conviction of suspects responsible for the ongoing political killings in KZN.

The ANC top brass, led by Treasury General Zweli Mkhize, was at the funeral at the sports field where the funeral of Khaya Thobela was held in May after he too was assassinated.

ANC chairperson Sihle Zikalala who, like Mkhize, addressed the funeral, attended with secretary Super Zuma and most of the provincial executive committee.

Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba, ANC Spokesperson Zizi Kodwa, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Deputy Minister Bheki Cele, Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini and many leaders attended.

Mkhize called on the ANC regional and provincial leadership to resolve tension among ANC members.

He called on authorities to investigate and get to the bottom of the murders in Umzimkhulu.


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