Politi­cian ar­rested in whistle­blower’s death

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JO­HAN­NES­BURG – A high-rank­ing politi­cian in South Africa’s gov­ern­ing African Na­tional Congress was ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the as­sas­si­na­tion of a party mem­ber who had ex­posed cor­rup­tion in a pub­lic works project, of­fi­cials said Mon­day.

Mluleki Ndobe, one of the most in­flu­en­tial ANC power-bro­kers in KwaZu­luNatal prov­ince, was ar­rested early Sun­day for sus­pected in­volvement in the mafia-style killing of a na­tion­ally known party leader, Sindiso Ma­gaqa, ac­cord­ing to party and po­lice of­fi­cials. Ma­gaqa, who had loudly con­demned the theft of pub­lic money in the town of Umz­imkhulu, was fa­tally shot in­side his Mercedes-Benz in 2017 by two hit men who sprayed the car with gun­fire. A man sus­pected of be­ing one of the killers was ar­rested in Septem­ber.

The as­sas­si­na­tion came to sym­bol­ize the de­cline of the ANC, whose mem­bers have in­creas­ingly tar­geted anti-cor­rup­tion whistle­blow­ers and turned on one an­other in lethal fights over po­lit­i­cal posts.

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