A close comrade of the late former ANC Youth League secretary-general Sindiso Magaqa has accused ANC treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize of failing the party’s Harry Gwala region by presiding over a factional youth league conference while he was still provincial chairperson. Thabiso Zulu‚ a former ANC Youth League regional secretary who worked closely with Magaqa in Umzimkhulu‚ was giving evidence before the Moerane Commission investigating political killings in KwaZulu-Natal, in Durban on Wednesday. He told the commission that before the 2009 ANCYL regional conference‚ the Harry Gwala region was torn apart by factionalism and that he and Magaqa had tried in vain to get the provincial leadership to intervene. He said he and Magaqa were prevented by "thugs" at the gate from attending the contentious conference. "The unfortunate part is that the conference was presided over by none other than the chairperson of the province at the time‚ comrade Zweli Mkhize. We tried everything. We tried c...

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