Calls to re­name mu­nic­i­pal­ity af­ter slain Ma­gaqa

Pretoria News - - NATION - SIHLE MAVUSO

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.

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