Poisonous Bullets: The Silent Betrayal of Sindiso Magaqa

Former African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) secretary-general Sindiso Magaqa, was wounded in a drive-by shooting along with two ANC colleagues in Umzimkhulu in KwaZulu-Natal in July 2017 and died from his injuries on 4 September 2017.

Magaqa, who was secretary general of the ANCYL at the time of its leadership’s disbandment in 2012, was shot along with fellow Umzimkhulu councillors Jabu Mzizi and Nonsikelelo Mafa outside a general dealer in the southern KwaZulu-Natal town after attending a council meeting.

READ:Sindiso Magaqa’s family believes he was poisoned

The attack, which is believed to have been linked to infighting in the ANC’s Harry Gwala region, followed the murder of another ANC councillor, Mduduzi Shibase of Ward 14, Gugwini Village, in May.

Two weeks before Shibase (39) was killed, the speaker of the municipality, Khaya Thobela, who was also deputy secretary of the ANC region, was also gunned down.

Magaqa, who was part of the ANCYL leadership along with treasurer Pule Mabe and president Julius Malema, had returned to ANC politics and was elected as Ward 11 proportional representation councillor for Umzimkhulu last August.

A former student leader, Magaqa was suspended for a year from all ANC activities in 2012 following a disciplinary hearing which saw Malema expelled from the party.

EWN reporter Ziyanda Ngcobo looks at whether authorities are any closer to solving the killing of Sandiso Magaqa.

Ngcobo says investigating the story was very difficult because of the complexities and because of how the information is not consistent.

What attracted me to the story and to tell the story was following the Moerane Commission of Inquiry that is investigating political killings very closely.

Ziyanda Ngcobo, EWN Reporter

I think that is when I noticed the contradictions. I mean I covered Sindiso's funeral, I did all of that, but it was at that commision where it was like, hang on, the family for the first time at that commission said no we don't believe Sindiso died because of his gunshot wounds.

Ziyanda Ngcobo, EWN Reporter

We believed he was poisoned. He was about to start physiotherapy the week before after he died. And yet there was a lot of things that came out about police and how they have handled the investigation, which then speaks to how the commission was looking at.

Ziyanda Ngcobo, EWN Reporter

How the politics of the province has also affected other institutions.

Ziyanda Ngcobo, EWN Reporter

Listen below to hear what inspired the three-part documentary into Maqada's death...


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