Hawks: Magaqa's death a serious setback in probe into KZN political killings

The Hawks’ Hangwani Mulaudzi says a murder case is now being investigated and they hope for a breakthrough before the end of the week.

FILE: Former ANCYL leader Julius Malema (L) and Sindiso Magaqa (R). Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Hawks say the death of former African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) leader Sindiso Magaqa is a serious setback as he was one of the key witnesses in their investigation into political killings in KwaZulu-Natal.

Magaqa and two other councillors were shot in July, not long after the murder of three others in the Umzimkhulu area.

He died in a Durban hospital on Monday night.

The Hawks’ Hangwani Mulaudzi says a murder case is now being investigated and they hope for a breakthrough before the end of the week.

"I do not want to divulge anything because we’ve received very sensitive information."

Recently the Hawks released the identity kits of two possible suspects.

Meanwhile, the ANC’s Khusela Sangoni says the political killings have to stop.

“The situation in KwaZulu-Natal has become untenable. It cannot be allowed to go on.”

Both the ANC and Economic Freedom Fighters have hailed Magaqa as a brave leader who dedicated his life to the fight for economic freedom.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)