Dead man identified as one of Magaqa’s assassins

A 38-year-old man named Jabulani Mdunge, who was gunned down by police, has now been identified as one of the assassins.

FILE: Sindiso Magaqa. Picture: Faceboook.

DURBAN - The Hawks have confirmed a suspect linked to the attempted murder of former African National Congress Youth League secretary Sindiso Magaqa has been identified.

In July, Magaqa and two other councillors were ambushed in Umzimkhulu in KwaZulu-Natal.

Magaqa was laid to rest over the weekend after he succumbed to his wounds in hospital.

A 38-year-old man named Jabulani Mdunge, who was gunned down by police, has now been identified as one of the assassins.

Hawks spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi says Mdunge's death doesn't mean the forensic investigation will stall.

“One matched our identikit and the forensic investigation was done where we were able to link the suspect to the case.”

It's emerged Mdunge was killed during a shootout with police on 1 September.

Mdunge was allegedly part of a group of 10 armed robbers who opened fire on authorities after being cornered while on their way to a cash and transit crime.

Mulaudzi said: “There are firearms that were confiscated which we believe might lead us somewhere, so it’s not an issue which we can say 'because he’s dead, the case has come to a halt' – no.”

The search for a second suspect is still underway.

The Hawks are offering R450,000 reward for information that could lead to the arrest of those responsible for the political killings in KZN.