05/09/2017 08:39 SAST | Updated 05/09/2017 09:13 SAST

Outrage Mounts Over Former ANCYL Secretary-General Sindiso Magaqa's Death

The former ANCYL top six leader was shot in a suspected ambush in July and succumbed to his injuries on Monday.

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Sindiso Magaqa, former secretary-general of the ANCYL.

Reports of the death of former ANC Youth League (ANCYL) secretary-general Sindiso Magaqa were met with "grave sadness", the ANC said on Monday evening.

Magaqa, formerly part of the ANCYL's top six alongside Julius Malema before his suspension in 2012, died at the Albert Luthuli Hospital in Durban on Monday at age 35. He succumbed to injuries sustained in a suspected ambush in July in which he and two other ANC councillors were shot in Mzimkhulu, south of Durban.

The ANC said he was one of their "most brave and fearless fighters" who remained loyal to the organisation despite "suffering differences with the leadership of the organisation and marginalisation within the structures of the movement".

Meanwhile, outrage has continued to mount over political killings in the province, emboldened by the announcement of Magaqa's death.

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ANC councillor Kwazi Mkhize (34) is the latest to have been gunned down in the Midlands on 30 August amid protracted political violence in the province, according to News24.

Posts on social media lambasted prolonged political killings in KwaZulu-Natal, currently under scrutiny in the Moerane Commission of Inquiry set up to investigate the scourge of political violence in recent years in the province.

The Glebelands hostel in KwaZulu-Natal remains a focal point in the investigations into political killings in the province. Vanessa Burger, an independent activist and witness in the Moerane Commission, in July said Magaqa's shooter could be traced to the notorious hostel.

The Right2Know campaign in July said Glebelands remained a "national blindspot" despite having "nearly three times the number of people killed at Marikana".

Many others online expressed dismay at his death and the broad-scale failure to curb violence in the province, while others have accused individuals within political structures of complicity in the violence.