‘KZN killings po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated’

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tect cor­rupt po­lit­i­cal lead­ers.

Zulu told the com­mis­sion, set up to in­ves­ti­gate po­lit­i­cal mur­ders in KZN, that the shoot­ing of Ma­gaqa in July was linked to other killings of ANC lead­ers in the prov­ince.

He ap­peared be­fore the com­mis­sion car­ry­ing bun­dles of doc­u­ments and said he had come pre­pared to spill the beans on cor­rup­tion and po­lit­i­cal killings.

He claimed the po­lice had lied when they linked Jabu Mdunge, who died in a cashin-tran­sit heist-re­lated shootout with the po­lice in Kok­stad early last month, to Ma­gaqa’s mur­der.

Zulu said Ma­gaqa had been killed be­cause he was vo­cal against cor­rup­tion in the uMz­imkhulu Mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

He claimed po­lice had lied be­cause they could not handle the mount­ing pub­lic pres­sure.

“They say the sus­pect is from Mol­weni, but lived in Berea in Dur­ban. They said he was liv­ing in a spe­cific hos­tel.

“But we checked with izin­duna in the hos­tel and they said they had never heard of this man,” he added.

Im­pli­cat­ing a dead man was an at­tempt to col­lapse the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, Zulu said.

Hawks spokesman Bri­gadier Hang­wani Mu­laudzi, asked to re­spond to Zulu’s claims, said the Hawks would not com­ment be­fore the com­mis­sion had an op­por­tu­nity to com­plete its in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

He added that other po­lit­i­cal mur­der in­ves­ti­ga­tions, in­clud­ing those of ANC eThek­wini re­gional sec­re­tary Sbu Sibiya and Wandile Mkhize, an ANC coun­cil­lor, had all reached sim­i­lar dead ends.

PIC­TURE: CHRIS COLLINGRIDGE

GUNNED DOWN: Sindiso Ma­gaqa, for­mer ANCYL gen­eral sec­re­tary, was shot in a sus­pected am­bush. He died of his wounds in hos­pi­tal.

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