ANC tries to keep the peace

Business Day - - NATIONAL - Nathi Oli­fant oliphantn@sun­day­times.co.za

The ANC says it is work­ing hard in Umz­imkhulu to en­sure no flare-up in vi­o­lence as the party pre­pares for the fu­neral of slain coun­cil­lor Sindiso Ma­gaqa.

The for­mer ANC Youth League sec­re­tary-gen­eral was wounded by gun­men in July and died in a Dur­ban hos­pi­tal on Septem­ber 4.

He was the 10th per­son to die in po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated killings in KwaZulu-Na­tal since the be­gin­ning of 2017, with half of them be­ing from Umz­imkhulu.

A memo­rial ser­vice was held on Thurs­day af­ter­noon in the south­ern KwaZulu-Na­tal town‚ and Ma­gaqa’s fu­neral is to take place on Satur­day.

ANC KwaZulu-Na­tal sec­re­tary Su­per Zuma said the party was work­ing hard to deal with ten­sions in the area.

“A team of provin­cial ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­bers were here in Umz­imkhulu meet­ing with branches and dis­cussing. tol­er­ance and ... mov­ing to­gether for this memo­rial ser­vice and the fu­neral‚ so that we have a dig­ni­fied fu­neral.

“Even yes­ter­day [Wed­nes­day] we met with the branches‚” Zuma said.

The ten­sions that were ev­i­dent the day af­ter Ma­gaqa’s death — when sev­eral provin­cial lead­ers were turned away from his home — were be­ing tack­led, he said. “We started en­gag­ing po­lit­i­cally. We are ad­dress­ing those is­sues.”

The party’s provin­cial lead­er­ship would speak to Po­lice Min­is­ter Fik­ile Mbalula af­ter the fu­neral for an up­date on the mur­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion, he said.

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