Calls to rename municipality after slain Magaqa
THE ANC in the Harry Gwala region in southern KZN believes former ANCYL secretary-general Sindiso Magaqa deserves the honour of having a municipality named after him.
Regional secretary Sindi Msomi said Magaqa, who was assassinated in 2017, aged 34, achieved a lot at a young age.
The region, which encompasses the municipality of Umzimkhulu, where Magaqa was serving as a senior councillor, is advancing the change of the name to Sindiso Jethro Magaqa local municipality. The ANC sub-region of Umzimkhulu is called the Sindiso Magaqa sub-region.
Msomi told Independent Media yesterday that Magaqa deserves the honour, and the decision to advocate for the change was a unanimous one. Msomi listed Magaqa’s achievements, among them that he was the youngest ANCYL regional executive member in Alfred Nzo region (in the Eastern Cape) before Umzimkhulu was incorporated into KwaZulu-Natal.
“When Umzimkhulu was first incorporated into KwaZulu-Natal in 2006, there was no ANCYL in Sisonke Region. He formed part of the team tasked to form the ANCYL from scratch in this region. He was then elected the first-ever chairperson of the ANCYL in Sisonke (now Harry Gwala).”
Additionally, Msomi said Magaqa grew within the ranks of the ANCYL until he became the secretary-general of the league, a position never held by anyone in the Harry Gwala Region.
“While he was secretary-general of the ANCYL, together with his collective, they advocated for the concept of “Radical Economic Transformation in our lifetime”, which did not see the light of day at the ANC National Conference in 2012, but was ultimately adopted as the ANC policy in the National Conference in 2017.
“The NMZ number plate for Umzimkhulu was his brainchild when Umzimkhulu was incorporated into KZN. It went on to be adopted by the task team and accepted by the community at large.
“Furthermore, he was suspended from the ANC for one year. He served his suspension with humility and never turned his back on the ANC.
“Even when he was coerced by his (then) ANCYL president (Julius Malema) to go and help establish the
EFF, he remained with the ANC. He died serving in Umzimkhulu municipality as an executive committee member.
“The memorial hall he was complaining about is still not complete to date,” she said.
However, the Magaqa family spokesperson Lwazi Magaqa said although they were not opposed to the renaming, they wanted the killers of Sindiso to be prosecuted and put behind bars before the renaming could be done properly.
“We are not against it, but we want the murder case to be concluded and the killers jailed before the renaming process is started.
“We are aware that there are ongoing consultations over the matter and we are saying let all the processes be finished first,” he said.