ANC KZN confirms Harry Gwala mayor 'picked up' in connection with Sindiso Magaqa's murder

The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal has confirmed one of its members, Harry Gwala mayor Mluleki Ndobe, and a second person have been taken in by police in connection with the murder of Sindiso Magaqa.

The former ANC Youth League secretary general died in hospital in September 2017, around two months after he was shot in Mzimkhulu, south of Durban.

One man, Sibusiso Ncengwa, was arrested almost a year to the day of Magaqa's death in the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Hospital.

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At the time of this death Magaqa was a councillor in Mzimkhulu, which falls under the Harry Gwala Municipality.

Soon after the Magaqa died, ANC KZN chairperson Sihle Zikalala said he was concerned about the violence in the Harry Gwala region, fearing it was becoming a hot spot, IOL reported at the time.

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ANC KZN spokesperson Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu told News24 on Sunday that Ndobe, one of its provincial working committee members was "picked up" by police.

Simelane-Zulu said she was not sure whether this meant that he had been arrested or just taken in for questioning as part of the police's investigation into Magaqa's shooting.

She said the party was trying to establish more information on the matter.

Police Minister Bheki Cele's spokeperson, Reneilwe Serero, has confirmed a "senior official from Harry Gwala District Municipality" has been arrested.

Serero declined to name the "senior official" until he or she has been named.

The suspects are expected to appear in court "in the next 48 hours," said Serero.

Meanwhile, the IFP has called on KZN Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Nomsa Dube-Ncube to "act fast and decisively" on the matter.