The African National Congress (ANC) in Mpumalanga has urged supporters to allow the court to do its job in Mandla Msibi’s murder case, SurgeZirc SA reports.
Reacting to the case, ANC Mpumalanga secretary Lindiwe Ntshalintshali expressed disappointment stating that the ANC is not willing to politicize the process.
“This matter is really sad and disappointing and we don’t want to politicize it. We don’t want to cast doubt on these processes. If our justice system and our police do the work, the truth will be unveiled,” ANC’s Ntshalintshali said.
Recall that Msibi was relieved of his position as the MEC for Agriculture, Rural Development, Land and Environmental Affairs, following charges of murder leveled against him.
Msibi was alleged to have been involved in a shooting where two people were fatally shot, and a third person wounded on Sunday, August 22, 2021, in Nelspruit.
Msibi who pleaded not guilty is seeking bail after he denied the allegations stating that he did not see who was shooting and only heard the gunshots. His bail application is slated for Wednesday.
The embattled Msibi has however been replaced by Busisiwe Shiba who is the MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.
Also reacting to the murder case, Premier Mtshweni-Tsipane noted that Msibi dismissal was what is best for the ANC and the accused as it was a necessity that will afford him the time to focus on his trial. He said that if the accused is proven to be innocent then he can return to service.
“I have determined that MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Busisiwe Shiba, will continue to act in the Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, Land and Environmental Affairs until it would have been filled substantively,” the premier said.