Mys­tery ve­hi­cles linked to coun­cil­lor’s shoot­ing

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS - THAMI MAGUBANE AND BON­GANI HANS

A DAY be­fore ANC coun­cil­lor and for­mer ANC Youth League leader Sindiso Ma­gaqa was shot, he com­plained about a BMW that tried to force him off the road, his best friend and fam­ily spokesper­son Les Stuta said yes­ter­day.

Ma­gaqa was shot in Umz­imkhulu on Thurs­day.

Stuta said he had vis­ited him in hos­pi­tal and he was still in a se­ri­ous con­di­tion.

Sindi Msomi, ANC sec­re­tary in the party’s Harry Gwala se­gion, said the as­sailants were in a white Mercedes-Benz, but she sus­pected a BMW was also in­volved.

“The other coun­cil­lors who were shot said from hos­pi­tal that when they parked their car at a shop, a red BMW left im­me­di­ately af­ter their ar­rival.

“Soon af­ter, a white Mercedes pulled over and gun­men fired shots at them while they were in­side the car,” said Msomi.

Umz­imkhulu is gripped by fear that more peo­ple could be killed.

Stuta said: “On Tues­day, Ma­gaqa told me a BMW had tried to push him off the road by over­tak­ing him on a bend a short dis­tance from his home. We thought it was one of those peo­ple who drive big cars and are dif­fi­cult peo­ple on the road.

“A few weeks ago, he was at­tend­ing an event, and when he stopped and got out of his car, an­other car stopped right in front of him. When an­other friend stopped next to him, the other car sped off.”

Stuta said the peo­ple who shot at Ma­gaqa and the other coun­cil­lors – Nsiki Mafa and Jabu Msiya – on Fri­day night had fol­lowed them from his (Stuta’s) home.

“They had come to pay their re­spects as there had been a death in my fam­ily. His as­sailants had fol­lowed him from my home to Ibisi, about 25km. The car had no num­ber plate, and that is some­thing that is a big prob­lem in this area… It is very con­cern­ing, es­pe­cially in the cur­rent po­lit­i­cal cli­mate,” he added.

Ac­cord­ing to Stuta, it could not be said with cer­tainty whether the shoot­ing was linked to the lead­er­ship bat­tles in the re­gion, as has been al­leged. There is a poster do­ing the rounds call­ing for Ma­gaqa to be elected to one of the top po­si­tions in the re­gion.

“We do know that some peo­ple want him to be the deputy sec­re­tary, but those are in­di­vid­u­als, and the ANC re­gions have not yet made their nom­i­na­tions known.”

Stuta is tipped to be re­gional trea­surer.

Mean­while, Zolani Mh­longo, the Speaker in the Greater Kok­stad lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal­ity and deputy sec­re­tary of the ANC in the re­gion, was al­legedly threat­ened on Satur­day night.

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