Magaqa murder: Provisionally withdrawing charges shows incompetence - analyst

Harry Gwala District mayor Mluleki Ndobe and one of his co-accused have had their murder charges provisionally withdrawn for the murder of Sindiso Magaqa. They appeared in court on Monday.

Read: 'There is something that the NPA is not telling us'

The prosecution said there was insufficient evidence found against the two.

Political analyst Prince Mashele speaks to Bongani Bingwa about the case.

In my view, there are two scenarios playing out in KwaZulu Natal. Number one is that we are dealing with a case of incompetence on the part of both the police and the NPA.

Prince Mashele, Political analyst

Before a case is taken to court, the NPA has to decide whether it will prosecute or not and at that point, it must determine whether that case is winnable or not.

Prince Mashele, Political analyst

So the NPA took the case to court and then they tell us that they are provisionally withdrawing the charges on the bases of lack of sufficient evidence.

Prince Mashele, Political analyst

Mashele believes that the statement issued by the NPA is an admittance of their incompetence.

The second possible scenario is that there could have been political pressure brought on both the police and the NPA.

Prince Mashele, Political analyst

The state needed to stage a show for the public and show that they are making progress in curbing political killings in KwaZulu Natal.

Prince Mashele, Political analyst

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