Murder accused ex-MEC at Mpumalanga to remain behind bars as bail judgement is postponed to Tuesday

The judgement on the bail hearing of former Mpumalanga MEC for Agriculture, Rural Development and Environmental Affairs Mandla Msibi will be handed down on Tuesday, 19 October 2021, the national prosecuting authority (NPA) has said.

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.

NPA spokesperson Monica Nyuswa said both the defense and the state presented their arguments in court during the bail hearing on Friday.

During Thursday’s proceedings, the investigating officer concluded his testimony and was cross examined, Nyuswa said on the day.

The investigating officer’s testimony on Wednesday was ended abruptly, within 10 minutes of the bail hearing getting underway, after the magistrate received a message that there was a bomb inside the court room. The hearing had to be postponed to the next day.

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Nyuswa has said that the allegations levelled against the former MEC and his co-accused 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.

Following his arrest, Msibi was axed as MEC and asked to step aside from his positions and roles in the African National Congress.

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