Bail Application: Mandla Msibi To Wait Longer

He argued that the allegations against his client have no substance and that the testifying officer has failed to execute his duties because he affected arrest seven weeks after the incident occurred.

Bail Application: Mandla Msibi To Wait Longer - SurgeZirc SA
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Embattled former Mpumalanga Agriculture MEC Mandla Msibi will have to wait a little longer for his bail application judgment, SurgeZirc SA reports.

The Nelspruit Magistrates Court adjourned proceedings to 19th, November 2021 where Msibi will know if his bail application will be granted or not.

Recall that Msibi and two others are facing a two-count charge after being 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 denied the allegations stating that he did not see who was shooting and only heard the gunshots. His bail application is slated for Wednesday.

READ ALSO: Msibi: Court Resumes Bail Application As Security Tightens

The embattled Msibi was fired following an announcement by the Mpumalanga Premier Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane during a press briefing on Tuesday. He has however been replaced by Busisiwe Shiba who is the MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.

During proceedings of the bail application, the defence counsel, Coert Jordaan stated that not until the investigating officer testified, the state did not indicate its intention to oppose bail

He argued that the allegations against his client have no substance and that the testifying officer has failed to execute his duties because he affected arrest seven weeks after the incident occurred.

READ ALSO: ANC Mpumalanga Reacts To Msibi’s Murder Case

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.

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.

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