Fikile Mbalula attends memorial service for Sindiso Magaqa

The former ANCYL secretary-general succumbed to wounds in September, two months after he was shot with at least a dozen bullets.

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula and senior ANC leaders are shown the car that former ANCYL secretary-general Sindiso Magaqa was travelling in on the day he was attacked in July. Picture: Ziyanda Ngcobo/EWN

UMZIMKHULU - Police Minister Fikile Mbalula has visited the home of former African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) secretary-general Sindiso Magaqa.

ANC leaders are holding a memorial service at Magaqa’s hometown in the Ibisi Village, south of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN).

The 35-year-old died last Monday, 4 September, two months after he was shot with at least a dozen bullets.

Mbalula and senior KZN ANC leaders met with Magaqa’s family behind closed doors before heading to the memorial service a few kilometres away.

After being shown the car Magaqa had been travelling in, in which bullet holes are still visible, Mbalula is now at the memorial service, where hundreds have gathered to remember the young politician.

His visibly grief-stricken wife and family are sitting in the front row, with their heads bowed.

Magaqa’s brother, Lwazi, has described him as a humble but politically sharp person and says that his death is a loss for the whole country.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)