Following the adjournment of court proceedings yesterday over the bail application of embattled former MEC for Agriculture and Land Reform, Mandla Msibi, the Nelspruit Magistrates Court on Thursday morning resumes proceedings, SurgeZirc SA reports.
Recall that yesterday there were security concerns at the court premises when an alarm was raised over a suspected bomb attack during the court session.
Security operatives were able to secure the parameters following the bomb scare as the presiding judge at the Nelspruit Magistrate’s Court adjourned proceedings.
However, the security situation at the court premises is tight as it was gathered that access points to the court premises were totally barricaded.
Msibi who is facing a two-count charge for murder was sacked following an announcement by the Mpumalanga Premier Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane during a press briefing on Tuesday.
The African National Congress (ANC) in Mpumalanga has also expressed its disappointment in Msibi stating that the ANC is not willing to politicize his trial process.
Reacting to the case, ANC Mpumalanga secretary Lindiwe Ntshalintshali said: “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.”
Msibi who is seeking bail has reiterated that he did not see who was shooting and only heard the gunshots.
The embattled Msibi further recounted that he went to a local shisa nyama to purchase food for officials who attended a meeting where they finalized their candidate list for the local government elections.