A close confidant and colleague of Former eThekwini mayor and KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) ANC MP Zandile Gumede has been shot dead in his home, with police searching for those responsible. 

Sduduzo Magwaza – who was one of Gumede’s chief campaigners – was shot dead late on Tuesday night at his Cornubia village flat in Durban

Police hunting suspects

South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbele said that two unknown suspects with unclear motive committed the killing on Tuesday evening. 

“A case of murder was opened at  Verulam police station for investigation,” she said. “It is alleged that on 12 January 2021 at 22:45, the 42-year-old victim was at his flat in Cornubia, Verulam when he shot by two unknown people who fled the scene on foot.”

Mbele said that Magwaza sustained multiple gunshot wound on the body and was taken to hospital when discovered, but sadly succumbed to his injuries. 

“The motive for the killing is unknown,” she added. 

ANC ‘shocked and saddened’ by campaigner’s killing

A spokesperson from the ANC regional task team in eThekwini, acting ANC RTT regional coordinator Sibongile Khathi, said that the news had shocked the party to its core. 

“Cadre Magwaza, who was a deputy chairperson of the Gedley’hlekisa Zone, was shot by unknown assailants last night in Cornubia, north of Durban. He was rushed to hospital but unfortunately succumbed to his fatal injuries a short while later,” she said.

She said that Magwaza, who was a staunch supporter of former President Jacob Zuma as well as Gumede, had been a loyal servant of the party for many years. 

“Siduduzo Magwaza grew within the ranks of the ANCYL and later served as a member of the branch executive committee in ward 30 where he served as a BEC member and later branch deputy secretary of the ANC in ward 30.”

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Presh JM Reporter

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