Killing of ANC rising star Sindiso Magaqa symptomatic of wider problem as political corruption scandals take their toll

It is a chilly late winter afternoon on the hilly uplands of South Africa’s south-western province of Kwazulu Natal. At a crowded taxi stand near the village of Ibisi four men wait in a BMW, its engine idling.

Sindiso Magaqa, a 35-year-old rising star in the African National Congress (ANC), the party that rules the district, the province and the country, is driving back to his wife and three children. He is on home turf but is wary nonetheless. When he pulls his Mercedes SUV in among the taxis to drop off a colleague, his armed bodyguard gets out to stretch his legs.

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