Sindiso Magaqa, former ANC Youth League Secretary-General, and two other ANC councillors were shot on Thursday night.
Sindiso, Ward 11 councillor Nonsikelelo, Mafa and Ward 16 councillor Jabu Mzizi were at a local spaza shop in Mzimkhulu, south of Durban when the shooting took place.
Here’s what you need to know
- The shooting took place in an area called Ibisi, by 8.30pm on Thursday. Ibisi is an area very close to Magaqa’s home.
- They trio was reportedly shot by men in a red BMW. They immediately drove off after opening fire.
- News of the shooting was posted on social media by Magaqa’s relative Vuyokazi Magaqa. Vuyokazi is a member of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).
- Two months ago, Sindiso Magaqa told guests at the Stephen Dlamini memorial lecture in Ixopo that he feels unsafe in the region as a result of the killings in the violence-torn Harry Gwala District.
- The shooting comes ahead of Umzimkhulu area’s conference where new leaders are expected to be elected. In April, the region’s Speaker Khaya Thobela was gunned down in what’s believed to be a battle for political positions.
- The shooting was confirmed on Thursday night by ANC KwaZulu-Natal spokesman Mdumiseni Ntuli.
“At the moment we haven’t received details from people at the hospital. We have no idea if they are seriously wounded or have minor injuries. Comrades have gone to the hospital and we’ll get a proper briefing tonight,” Ntuli said at the time.
On Friday, Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi confirmed that an investigating into the killing has been launched.
Sindiso Magaqa was ANCYL former secretary general. He was elected to the position in June 2011 alongside Julius Malema and Floyd Shivambu.
In 2012, he was suspended for 3 years by the ANC’s National Disciplinary Committee (NDC) for disrespecting senior party leaders while Malema and Shivambu were expelled and suspended for 5 years and 3 years respectively.
Meanwhile, ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa has condemned the shooting of the three councillors. The described the act was ‘barbaric and called on the police to do everything to bring the perpetrators to book.
Kodwa said the ANC is very worried about the continuous killing of political leaders in KZN.
“The killing of public representatives in the form of councillors undermines people’s confidence in a democratic system, where you elect leaders and they get assassinated. Something must be urgently done to bring an end to political killings,” he said.
In the last two months, the municipal manager, deputy mayor and a councillor were also murdered in Richmond, a town in KwaZulu-Natal province.
The victims are currently receiving treatment in the hospital.