The Magistrates’ Court sitting in Nelspruit has granted R20 000 bail to embattled former Mpumalanga Agriculture MEC Mandla Msibi and his alleged accomplices, SurgeZirc SA reports.
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.
Prior to the approved bail today, Msibi had issued an application seeking bail which was later delayed due to a bomb scare at the Nelspruit Magistrates’ Court.
The Magistrates’ however resumed proceedings again last week and also ended inconclusively with the defence counsel, Coert Jordaan, stating that allegations against his client had no substance and that the testifying officer has failed to execute his duties because he affected arrest seven weeks after the incident occurred.
According to evidence presented in court, it was gathered that two bullets were found in the head of one of the victims (Christopher Ngwenya) and Sindela Lubisi was also killed by gun bullets.
It was also gathered Sfiso Mpila, who was amongst them, was said to have escaped with a bullet wound on the leg.
Speaking on the incident, investigating officer Boy Bhila disclosed that there is video footage of the accused and others who are still at large.
It will be recalled that Mandla Msibi was fired following an announcement by the Mpumalanga Premier Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane during a press briefing last week. He has however been replaced by Busisiwe Shiba who is the MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.
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.
Despite bail, Msibi is likely to appear before the ANC integrity commission for his involvement in corruption-related offenses which is in line with the party’s modules-Operandi.