Embattled Mpumalanga Agriculture MEC, Mandla Msibi has been sacked following a two-count charge for murder leveled against him, SurgeZirc SA reports.
This was made known by the Mpumalanga Premier Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane during a press briefing on Tuesday.
Recall that Msibi is currently facing a two counts charge for murder which linked to him being alleged for gunning down three men on August 22. Two of the men died.
“I have decided, after consultation with the ANC leadership in the province, to release MEC Msibi from his position in the Provincial Executive Council with immediate effect. The decision to relieve MEC Msibi has been taken in consideration of the seriousness of the charges he is facing.
“Whilst I release MEC Msibi from his role and responsibilities, I wish to emphasize and accordingly observe the two basic pillars of our jurisprudence: the right to be presumed innocent until proven otherwise, and the right to equality before the law,” Tsipane said.
During the press briefing, she also revealed that the vacant position of MEC for Agriculture, Rural Development, Land and Environmental Affairs, will with immediate effect be occupied by Busisiwe Shiba who is the MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.
However, the bail application of the accused at the Nelspruit Magistrate’s Court has been postponed until Wednesday.
Confirming the postponement, the Provincial Spokesperson for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Monica Nyuswa said: “After their appearance in court yesterday, their bail application started and was rolled over until today’s hearing where their defence attorney read their statements in court in their application for bail and now the matter is rolled over until tomorrow the 13th of October 2021 for further hearing where the state will lead evidence of the investigating officer in the matter.”