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Magaqa's friend says dead suspect likely to be portrayed as mastermind

Last month the Hawks announced that a suspect linked to Sindiso Magaqa murder case was shot and killed in an attempted cash-in-transit heist.

Thabiso Zulu at the Moerane Commission of Inquiry. Picture: Ziyanda Ngcobo/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Moerane Commission investigating political killings in KwaZulu-Natal has heard how police fail to protect whistleblowers and deliberately delay investigating cases.

On Thursday, Sindiso Magaqa's friend Thabiso Zulu is giving testimony at the inquiry.

He's criticised authorities for failing to make arrests in the murder case.

Last month the Hawks announced that a suspect linked to the case was shot and killed in an attempted cash-in-transit heist.

Zulu says the people who ordered the hit on the former African National Congress youth league secretary will try to portray the dead suspect as the mastermind.

"You know how they are going to collapse this one? They are going to collapse it in a very easy way so that they are not going to arrest the masters. Even if they arrest foot soldiers - two or three or how many - they will claim that the person who was the contact person between the hitmen and the masters is the one who died."

'SENIOR ANC LEADERS TO BLAME FOR CURRENT SITUATION'

The commission has heard how politicians in the province use hitmen to become their bodyguards.

Zulu says those who ordered the hit on Magaqa in July will get away with it.

Zulu has described law enforcement agencies as dysfunctional and being used for political gains.

He says politicians in KZN use criminals to become their bodyguards, including hitmen from the taxi industry.

"Politicians, their bodyguards are known criminals, are known ‘inkabis’."

As the proceedings continued, Zulu made an impassioned plea to the commissioners not to allow the final report to be used as a political football.

"It will be important that it must be considered [that] one: politicians may sit on top of the report. 'Don’t release the report before the 2019 elections, we are under siege, we are under pressure. If we release the report it's going to affect the votes and everything'."

Zulu says senior ANC leaders are to blame for the current situation the party finds itself in.

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