ANC man‘saw death was com­ing’

The Sunday Independent - - NEWS -

“HE foresaw his death months be­fore we were shot.”

This was the as­ser­tion made by ANC coun­cil­lor in Umzimkhulu, south­ern KwaZulu-Natal, Jab­ulile Mz­izi, who was shot along­side Sindiso Ma­gaqa in July.

The for­mer sec­re­tary-gen­eral of the ANC youth league died this week ap­par­ently from the wounds he sus­tained dur­ing the shoot­ing.

Mz­izi, a mother of four, who has been a coun­cil­lor for 11 years, re­called Ma­gaqa or­der­ing them not to move or scream, “be­cause we are go­ing to be shot at.”

“Be­cause of the re­spect we have for him we com­plied. I could feel bul­lets pen­e­trat­ing in my lower limb but I didn’t cry. Even him (Ma­gaqa), he didn’t cry at all in spite of the hails of bul­lets.”

When they were shot, Mz­izi said they were sit­ting in­side Ma­gaqa’s ML Mercedes-Benz “re­view­ing” a branch meet­ing held ear­lier the day at Ncam­bele Ju­nior Sec­ondary near Kok­stad.

“I don’t know how he saw the as­sailants com­ing be­cause we were busy talk­ing. And what fol­lowed next was a tragedy that will be in my mind for­ever.”

She told the Sun­day Tri­bune that Ma­gaqa was in a jovial mood on the fate­ful day but warned them to be al­ways safe be­cause things were messy in the re­gion.

“When it hap­pened his words came flood­ing back.”

Mz­izi said Ma­gaqa was seated in the driver’s seat while she and Non­sikelelo Mafa, also a ward coun­cil­lor, were on the back seat.

“We saw two peo­ple com­ing to­wards and a hail of bul­lets fol­lowed. I thought he go­ing to die im­me­di­ately. It was a mir­a­cle that he sur­vived.

“They then turned their guns to us. I felt urine flood­ing down my thighs but at no time did I scream. In­stead, I just prayed while cov­er­ing my head. I asked God to pro­tect me for the sake of my chil­dren,” she said.

She said the shoot­ing lasted for about five min­utes.

“They (at­tack­ers) thought we were dead,” said Mz­izi, sigh­ing heav­ily.

De­spite sur­viv­ing the shoot­ing that nearly claimed her life, Mz­izi was un­per­turbed.

“I will never leave the ANC. This is my home and I will die here. I know Com­rade Ma­gaqa was killed for stand­ing against cor­rup­tion.”

Zuk­iswa Hodi, is mem­ber of the ANC, was part of the meet­ing that Ma­gaqa had at­tended, and was among the first per­sons to ar­rive at the bloody scene.

“When I ar­rived at the scene just look­ing at the bul­let-lashed car I thought they were all dead. He (Ma­gaqa) was ly­ing face-down in the driver’s seat across the pas­sen­ger’s seat.” said Hodi.

Hlodi said they strug­gled to un­lock his car.

“I kept shout­ing their names from the out­side. At that point my head was spin­ning. Ma­gaqa re­sponded he had no power to open the car.” added Hodi.

Hodi said they had to force open the front pas­sen­ger door.

“He was strug­gling to breathe but he kept say­ing he will be fine,” she said.

When con­tacted, Mafa re­quested “space”, say­ing, “I’m still try­ing to come to terms with his death.” Mafa said she was per­plexed why she was not af­forded body­guards by Umziny­athi Mu­nic­i­pal­ity fol­low­ing the at­tack.

EFF leader, Julius Malema, who served with Ma­gaqa in the youth league when he was pres­i­dent, vis­ited the fam­ily on Fri­day. He will at­tend Ma­gaqa’s fu­neral next week.

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