- Khethiwe, the mother of the slain former ANC youth league secretary-general Sindiso Magaqa has been in and out of hospital as a result of the lack of conviction
- The politician was killed almost three years ago
- His family also alleges this his grave was ravaged
By Wisely Manzini - Freelance Journalist
“I will not have peace until the killers of my son are convicted, and pay for their sins for snatching my child away from me,” said Sindiso Magaqa’s mother, Khethiwe, sobbing.
The mother of the former ANC youth league secretary-general poured her heart to Briefly.co.za in a tell-all interview about what she termed the lack of conviction of his son’s alleged killers.
This, she said, led to the deterioration of her health since Magaqa was killed almost three years ago.
“I think about my son every day. He was destined for more in his life, but it was cut short by heartless people,” said Khethiwe.
Already frail at the time of Magaqa’s death, Khethiwe said not seeing his killers being thrown to jail made matters worse.
“How long am I going to wait to see the people who killed my son being locked up? I want to see them go to jail before I depart this earth,” she said.
“I can barely walk or even talk because of my poor health as a result of the lack of conviction of the killers of my kindred spirit son. I have been in and out of hospital after he was killed,” said Khethiwe.
Magaqa’s alleged killers were arrested in March last year and subsequently appeared in court in October.
He was 35 years old and served as ANC PR councillor when he was killed.
Former Harry Gwala mayor, Mluleki Ndobe, now deputy speaker of the KwaZulu-Natal legislature was arrested alongside the four men.
However, his charges were provisionally withdrawn due to insufficient evidence.
The case was postponed to April this year, however, it was believed that due to the national lockdown the matter could not be heard.
The suspects are now expected to appear in October.
Magaqa is lauded for standing up against alleged corruption at uMzimkhulu municipality, in the south of KwaZulu-Natal.
The family made allegations to Briefly.co.za that Magaqa’s grave was recently vandalised.
About this, Magaqa’s wife, Gugu said, “This pains me because we don’t know whether the people who killed my husband are the same people who did this to his grave.”
Gugu said the incident has left her and her family terrified.
“We don’t know what message whoever did this is trying to get across. I fear even leaving the house now as I don’t know what might happen to me,” said the terrified widow.
Les Stuta, his close ally and ANC councillor in uMzimkhulu was equally incensed by the alleged ravaging of the grave.
“It was not enough for them to kill him. They have now decided to follow him in his grave. These people are heartless. This is painful,” he said.
Like Gugu, Stuta said he feared for his life, but stressed that he would continue where Magaqa, his childhood pal, left off in the fight against corruption.
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