BREAKING: Former ANCYL secretary-general shot in ambush

13 July 2017 - 21:47 By MATTHEW SAVIDES and Nathi Olifant
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Sindiso Magaqa. File photo.
Sindiso Magaqa. File photo.
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UPDATE: Ex-ANC Youth League leader's car peppered with at least a dozen bullets

Former ANC Youth League secretary-general Sindiso Magaqa is in hospital after he and two colleagues were shot and wounded in an ambush in southern KwaZulu-Natal on Thursday.

Magaqa, a councillor and executive committee member at the Umzimkhulu municipality, and his unnamed colleagues were at a shop in a village outside Umzimkhulu when they were shot on Thursday evening.

This incident is the latest shooting in the violence-riddled Harry Gwala district.

The shooting took place in an area known as Ibisi, near Magaqa’s home. By 8.30pm on Thursday, the three men were being treated in hospital.

Vuyokazi Magaqa, an EFF member and a relative of Magaqa’s, posted news of the shooting on Facebook. ANC KwaZulu-Natal spokesman Mdumiseni Ntuli also confirmed the shooting.

“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 told TimesLIVE shortly before 9pm on Thursday.

Ntuli said the three had been travelling together when they stopped at a local shop. It was there that they were apparently ambushed.

“Whoever shot them did it either while they were getting out of the vehicle to go into the shop, or as they were on their way out. We are waiting for more information,” he said.

During the Stephen Dlamini memorial lecture in Ixopo in May, Magaqa told TimesLIVE he was afraid of being killed as tension gripped the region.

Magaqa, a former student leader, rose to national prominence after being elected ANCYL secretary general in June 2011 as part of the top six with then president Julius Malema. He was suspended from the party for a year in 2012 following a series of defiant statements made against senior party leaders.

So brazen have the killings in the region been that the KwaZulu-Natal ANC top five and the provincial working committee have been jolted into action. The ANC officials met structures in the region to find a solution to the escalating problem.

Regional deputy secretary and Umzimkhulu speaker Khaya Thobela was the first to be gunned down in April. He was shot on Thursday April 20 while arriving at his home in Mfundweni‚ Umzimkhulu, and died in hospital three days later.

Former Harry Gwala councillor and branch leader Khaya Mgcwaba was gunned down on May 11, also in Umzimkhulu.

Twelve days later on May 23, and a month after Thobela’s death‚ Mduduzi Tshivase‚ a teacher and Harry Gwala councillor, was killed at his eMachunwini, Umzimkhulu, home.

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