Man with rot­ting leg dies

Sunday Observer - - NEWS - BY LUNGILE LULANE

Aman who was shot by po­lice and left in ex­cru­ci­at­ing pain has died. Mb­hun­y­wana Magagula, who was a se­cu­rity guard at Mvak­welitje bar, has died af­ter eight years of pain and suf­fer­ing.

In Au­gust 2010, Magagula was shot by po­lice twice on his legs lead­ing to him los­ing the abil­ity to use both of them.

Doc­tors in­formed him that a bul­let was lodged in one of his legs caus­ing him con­stant pain, swelling up and rot­ting away.

Magagula has been in un­bear­able pain since 2010, with doc­tors turn­ing him away with­out as­sis­tance be­cause the dam­age was said to be ex­ten­sive as it had been left unat­tended for too long.

Af­ter the death of his land­lord, Magagula was taken away by com­mu­nity mem­bers to his brother’s home sit­u­ated at Malk­erns where he even­tu­ally passed away.

Ac­cord­ing to a man only iden­ti­fied as Mr Tsela from Mvak­welitje, t hey were very s a ddened by Magagula’s pass­ing, even more be­cause they lived with him in the com­mu­nity and had wit­nessed his pain.

He said as much as it was com­fort­ing to know that he is no longer in pain, it still both­ers them how gov­ern­ment was the cause of this prob­lem and yet never did he even s how s ym­pa­thy and s up­port towards Magagula.

Tsela says he was al­ways there when­ever Magagula needed to be trans­ported any­where and he is well aware that he was al­ways turned back from the Mba­bane Gov­ern­ment Hospi­tal with­out any as­sis­tance.

He went on to say as a com­mu­nity they were hop­ing to at­tend the fu­neral but be­cause of dis­tance and fi­nances, they will not be able to.

Der­rick Magagula, who is a brother to the de­ceased, in­formed this pub­li­ca­tion that as a fam­ily they have met with gov­ern­ment in a bid to get as­sis­tance con­cern­ing his brother’s fu­neral ar­range­ments. Magagula says they have been promis­ing to as­sist the fam­ily but have not said nor re­ceived any­thing as of yet.

Magagula said it is good that as fam­ily they have all their brother’s doc­u­ments from the time he was shot to all hospi­tal vis­its and all me­dia pub­li­ca­tions about him as they in­tend to take the gov­ern­ment to court af­ter the burial of his brother.

The de­ceased is set to be buried at his parental home at Shewula this morn­ing.

Mb­hun­y­wane Magagula show­ing the rot­ting leg which doc­tors have now said its can­cer af­ter a bul­let was left lodged in­side since 2010 af­ter he was al­legedly wrong­fully shot by po­lice while at Mvak­welitje where he worked as a se­cu­rity guard. He has since passed away af­ter eight years of pain and suf­fer­ing.

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