The recent spate of killings plaguing KwaZulu-Natal’s volatile Umzimkhulu region — including the attempt on former ANC Youth League secretary-general Sindiso Magaqa’s life last week — can all be traced back to Durban’s notorious Glebelands Hostel‚ the Moerane commission heard on Monday. This bombshell was dropped by expert witness Vanessa Burger of the Independent Community Activist for Human Rights and Social Justice, an advocacy group. The commission is tasked with understanding the causes and possible solutions to ongoing political violence in KwaZulu-Natal. Speaking under oath at the hearings in Durban‚ Burger said she had it on good authority that large amounts of money were recently collected in order to pay a hit man to carry out killings in Umzimkhulu. The amount was unspecified. Evidence leader Bheki Manyathi asked Burger whether she regarded the attempted murder of Magaqa last Thursday as one of those hits‚ to which Burger simply said‚ "Yes." "The hit man was paid and he i...

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