Police Minister Fikile Mbalula, MEC for Community Safety Mxolisi Kaunda, Zenzele Msomi and Les Sthutha inspect the car in which former ANC Youth League leader Sindiso Magaqa was shot and wounded in Umzimkhulu in July. Magaqa, whose funeral was held in Ibisi, Umzimkhulu, yesterday, died last week as a result of his wounds.Picture: Bongani Mbatha
Police Minister Fikile Mbalula, MEC for Community Safety Mxolisi Kaunda, Zenzele Msomi and Les Sthutha inspect the car in which former ANC Youth League leader Sindiso Magaqa was shot and wounded in Umzimkhulu in July. Magaqa, whose funeral was held in Ibisi, Umzimkhulu, yesterday, died last week as a result of his wounds.Picture: Bongani Mbatha
MURDERED: Former ANCYL secretary-general Sindiso Magaqa, who was wounded in a drive by shooting along with two ANC colleagues in uMzimkhulu in KwaZulu-Natal in July, died from his injuries.  Picture: Leon Lestrade
MURDERED: Former ANCYL secretary-general Sindiso Magaqa, who was wounded in a drive by shooting along with two ANC colleagues in uMzimkhulu in KwaZulu-Natal in July, died from his injuries. Picture: Leon Lestrade

Durban - Police have arrested a 38-year-old man for the murder of former ANC Youth League general secretary, Sindiso Magaqa.

Magaqa, a councillor at the Umzimkhulu municipality on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast died in a Durban hospital two weeks ago after being shot multiple times in July.

According to police sources, a 38-year old man who lives at the KwaMashu Hostel has been arrested in connection with Magaqa's death.

The man was arrested last month following a shootout with police along the N2. 

It is alleged that he was one of a gang of men involved in a foiled cash heist on the N2, between Harding and Kokstad. Investigations and forensic evidence linked the man to Magaqa’s shooting and which led police to charge him with Magaqa's death. He is due in court soon. 

Magaqa, who was laid to rest at the weekend, was the former African National Congress Youth League’s Secretary General. Magaqa (34) was with two fellow ANC colleagues, Nonsikelelo Mafa and Jabu Mzizi in the uMzimkhulu area. 

The men were returning from a meeting an ANC meeting and stopped near a shop when they came under fire. 

Magaqa was recovering at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital when he succumbed to his injuries. At the time of his death, Magaqa served on the council and as Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) in the Harry Gwala district.

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Mdumiseni Ntuli, ANC spokesperson, said they welcomed the arrest.

“This is good news for us. It means are potentially a step closer to finding out the motive behind our comrade’s death,” he said.

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The matter is being investigated by a special task team, under the management of the Hawks, set up to investigate political killings in the province. Magaqa is the eighth councillor killed in province in the last eight months.

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