AT­TEMPTS TO KILL NATCOM WILL NOT SUC­CEED

Sunday Observer - - FRONT PAGE - STO­RIES BY THEMBEKA DLAMINI

Na­tional Com­mis­sioner Isaac Magagula’s fam­ily has had enough of ru­mours, threats and at­tempts on his life. They refuse to re­main silent while their pa­tri­arch’s name gets dragged in the mud.

Mduduzi ‘CeeDee’ Magagula, his son, ap­proached the Sun­day Ob­server as rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the fam­ily to re­mind de­trac­tors that be­hind the man lead­ing the po­lice force is a sup­port­ive fam­ily which wishes to see him carry out his man­date peace­fully.

‘CeeDee’ says even though he un­der­stands that his fa­ther is a pub­lic fig­ure, some sit­u­a­tions call for him to stand up and send a mes­sage to those who do not wish him well.

Re­veal­ing that the na­tional com- mis­sioner has had his life threat­ened sev­eral times in the past, he says God’s con­stant pro­tec­tive hand plays a role in en­sur­ing that he re­mains safe through ev­ery tribu­la­tion.

“We know the peo­ple in­volved in th­ese in­ci­dences (at­tempts on his life) as well as se­cre­tive meet­ings plot­ting his down­fall. They should know that he is not shaken,” ‘CeeDee’ said.

Con­fi­dent

Af­firm­ing the fam­ily’s trust in God, ‘ CeeDee’ says they are con­fi­dent be­cause Magagula is a man of God who does not cloud his per­sonal life with his pro­fes­sional du­ties.

“There are el­e­ments who have tried ev­ery­thing in their power to in­tim­i­date him from en­sur­ing that there is a con­ducive en­vi­ron­ment for po­lice of­fi­cers to do their jobs. We un­der­stand that the na­tional com­mis­sioner is a pub­lic fig­ure and he is bound to get crit­i­cism. That we ac­cept. How­ever, it should be con­struc­tive, not bi­ased,” he says.

He says it is dis­heart­en­ing to note that their fa­ther gets sin­gled out on any­thing that arises within the ser­vice whereas he is just the con­trol­ling of­fi­cer in charge of ad­min­is­tra­tion, not hands on; “We don’t un­der­stand why he gets sin­gled out whereas there are many op­er­a­tional man­agers who work with him,”

Over the years, the fam­ily says they kept quite out of re­spect for the po­si­tion he holds but are cur­rently over­whelmed by the dif­fer­ent ac­cu­sa­tions and plot­ting that is al­legedly tak­ing place be­hind the scenes.

“We re­spect the ser­vice and what it stands for. We do not mean to re­veal some op­er­a­tions we are privy to be but feel the need to set the record straight and then keep quiet be­cause this is af­fect­ing us as well,” ‘CeeDee’ says.

Na­tional Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice Isaac Magagula with other se­nior of­fi­cers ad­dress­ing jour­nal­ists dur­ing a press con­fer­ence re­cently.

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