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Bail hearing for murder accused Mpumalanga MEC postponed due to bomb threat

The Wednesday bail hearing for murder accused Mpumalanga MEC for Agriculture, Rural Development and Environmental Affairs Mandla Msibi was postponed due to a bomb threat.

The national prosecuting authority (NPA) said the magistrate received a message that there was a bomb in the court building in Nelspruit and so had to evacuate it.

“The matter sat only for about 10 minutes where the investigating officer was testifying,” the NPA said, adding that a new date for the bail hearing will be communicated in due time.

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Msibi and his two co-accused, Anele Sonke Mnisi (26) and Njabulo Mkhonto (28), are facing two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder.

The spokesperson of the NPA Monica Nyuswa said this is in connection with the fatal shooting of Dingaan Ngwenya and Sindela Lubisi.

A third person was wounded during the shooting in Nelspruit, Cayotes Shisanyama on 22 August 2021, Nyuswa added.

“The trio’s appearance brings the total number of  accused in the case to five.

“Charlie Ngwenya, 35, and Tsepo Matsane, 30, were arrested, appeared in court and granted bail of R20 000 each on strict conditions in September,” Nyuswa said.

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The African National Congress (ANC) in Mpumalanga has resolved that Msibi should step aside as its member, from the party’s provincial executive committee, as its elections manager and as a member of the executive council following his arrest on Monday.

Mpumalanga Premier Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane announced on Tuesday that Msibi has been axed from his position as MEC.

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