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<p><strong>By Jonk WA Mashamba</strong><br />
jonkm@greateralextoday.co.za</p>

<p>SIZWE ‘Giant’ Mbokazi was a principled leader and a selfless revolutionary. This was according to his comrades who spoke fondly of the community leader who was shot dead on the 27 September by the police. The service was held at Altrec Hall. According to police spokesperson Captain Kay Makhubele, police were following a VW sedan with suspected hijackers who allegedly opened fire on police who retaliated and gave chase. The suspects ran away, leaving the car at Botlhabela Village. The horrific incident occurred at the intersection of Rev Conrad & Onica Mashigo Streets, Far East Bank, a few meter away from where Sizwe lived.</p>

<p>Lucky Mbokazi spoke of his younger brother as the community leader who was loved by everyone. He said Sizwe had told him that when he died, many people would attend his funeral. The former principal of East Bank High where Sizwe was the COSAS president said he heard of the passing of his former learner on radio 702. “When I heard the news that a community leader has been caught in a cross-fire between thugs and the police, I just broke down. I knew it was him because there was no other Sizwe Mbokazi. When you showed him a way, he wouldn’t ask you why,” said Mahlabegoane.</p>

<p>Speaking to our news team, ward 105 councilor, Tefu Raphadu said he knew Giant during his school days. “I was the leader of the ANCYL Zonal of Alex by that time. He was one of the people who would call me when there were challenges around his area. He was one community member who was committed to making sure that people got service delivery. He was very humble, selfl ess and a very respectable young man.” Linda Mbatha said he was a learner at MC Wailer in 2008 when he met Giant, the former COSAS president at East Bank High. He said they were very close and that he was very committed to youth development. “This is a sad moment for the ANCYL and the community,” Mbatha lamented.</p>

<p>An emotional Pule Hlatswayo, who spoke on behalf of the neighbors, said since he had no other brother, Sizwe became his brother and would do many things together Kenneth Mgaga, chairperson of the ANC in ward 105 blamed the police, citing it was pure recklessness. “The way he died is very painful. This was recklessness from the police. They should admit they made a mistake. The police are saying there was fire exchange between thugs, which is not true. People who were sitting with Sizwe (playing cards) know that the cops were running after the thugs and were just shooting recklessly. Those boys didn’t have guns,” he said. Mgaga described Giant as a young man who was very good in the community, doing a lot of things for the betterment of his community. “If you check Kwa- Bhekilanga, you will see that there’s a sporting facility. He was the one who was moving on it. He had choirs, soccer players and people who were doing aerobics.”</p>

<p>He said Giant was bigger than a normal member of the ANCYL. “While others would focus only on politics, this guy was grounded. He was a community builder, even in church and societies. This is a great loss,” Mgaga said. Mpho Baloyi, ward 105 ANCYL president told us that Sizwe was a gentle giant and a role model. “When a young person misbehaved, he would confront them. He was very direct. We would sometimes hold a different view during meetings, but he would not extend it to become personal.” The outspoken leader said cops in Alex were incompetent. “We are not saying that because we are angry. How do you start shooting randomly in a public space at 4pm, where there are children and members of the public? Even the criminals are supposed to be caught and be brought to book, not killed, unless they pose a threat not only to the cops, but to the public as well. The sad part of it is that the cop that shot him resides in Botlhabela,” alleged Baloyi.</p>

<p>Baloyi alleged the cops were not shooting recklessly for the first time. “Sizwe’s mother told us that three week ago, there was another chase where the police fired recklessly. Sizwe pleaded with the cops not to shoot, but they didn’t listen to him. One of the bullets went straight to the house; luckily his mother was not inside. We know there are going to be causalities after the funeral. Maybe some of us are going to be killed, but we are prepared,” said the leader who was arrested by the police when he and other activists were allegedly grabbing land at Frankenwald. Giant was buried on Saturday at Waterfall cemetery.</p>
Selfless Giant Laid to Rest

By Jonk WA Mashamba
jonkm@greateralextoday.co.za

SIZWE ‘Giant’ Mbokazi was a principled leader and a selfless revolutionary. This was according to his comrades who spoke fondly of the community leader who was shot dead on the 27 September by the police. The service was held at Altrec Hall. According to police spokesperson Captain Kay Makhubele, police were following a VW sedan with suspected hijackers who allegedly opened fire on police who retaliated and gave chase. The suspects ran away, leaving the car at Botlhabela Village. The horrific incident occurred at the intersection of Rev Conrad & Onica Mashigo Streets, Far East Bank, a few meter away from where Sizwe lived.

Lucky Mbokazi spoke of his younger brother as the community leader who was loved by everyone. He said Sizwe had told him that when he died, many people would attend his funeral. The former principal of East Bank High where Sizwe was the COSAS president said he heard of the passing of his former learner on radio 702. “When I heard the news that a community leader has been caught in a cross-fire between thugs and the police, I just broke down. I knew it was him because there was no other Sizwe Mbokazi. When you showed him a way, he wouldn’t ask you why,” said Mahlabegoane.

Speaking to our news team, ward 105 councilor, Tefu Raphadu said he knew Giant during his school days. “I was the leader of the ANCYL Zonal of Alex by that time. He was one of the people who would call me when there were challenges around his area. He was one community member who was committed to making sure that people got service delivery. He was very humble, selfl ess and a very respectable young man.” Linda Mbatha said he was a learner at MC Wailer in 2008 when he met Giant, the former COSAS president at East Bank High. He said they were very close and that he was very committed to youth development. “This is a sad moment for the ANCYL and the community,” Mbatha lamented.

An emotional Pule Hlatswayo, who spoke on behalf of the neighbors, said since he had no other brother, Sizwe became his brother and would do many things together Kenneth Mgaga, chairperson of the ANC in ward 105 blamed the police, citing it was pure recklessness. “The way he died is very painful. This was recklessness from the police. They should admit they made a mistake. The police are saying there was fire exchange between thugs, which is not true. People who were sitting with Sizwe (playing cards) know that the cops were running after the thugs and were just shooting recklessly. Those boys didn’t have guns,” he said. Mgaga described Giant as a young man who was very good in the community, doing a lot of things for the betterment of his community. “If you check Kwa- Bhekilanga, you will see that there’s a sporting facility. He was the one who was moving on it. He had choirs, soccer players and people who were doing aerobics.”

He said Giant was bigger than a normal member of the ANCYL. “While others would focus only on politics, this guy was grounded. He was a community builder, even in church and societies. This is a great loss,” Mgaga said. Mpho Baloyi, ward 105 ANCYL president told us that Sizwe was a gentle giant and a role model. “When a young person misbehaved, he would confront them. He was very direct. We would sometimes hold a different view during meetings, but he would not extend it to become personal.” The outspoken leader said cops in Alex were incompetent. “We are not saying that because we are angry. How do you start shooting randomly in a public space at 4pm, where there are children and members of the public? Even the criminals are supposed to be caught and be brought to book, not killed, unless they pose a threat not only to the cops, but to the public as well. The sad part of it is that the cop that shot him resides in Botlhabela,” alleged Baloyi.

Baloyi alleged the cops were not shooting recklessly for the first time. “Sizwe’s mother told us that three week ago, there was another chase where the police fired recklessly. Sizwe pleaded with the cops not to shoot, but they didn’t listen to him. One of the bullets went straight to the house; luckily his mother was not inside. We know there are going to be causalities after the funeral. Maybe some of us are going to be killed, but we are prepared,” said the leader who was arrested by the police when he and other activists were allegedly grabbing land at Frankenwald. Giant was buried on Saturday at Waterfall cemetery.

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