By Kaya 959 Reporter
MEC for Agriculture in Mpumalanga Mandla Msibi is expected to apply for bail at the Nelspruit Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday following his arrest for a shooting in August.
Two people were killed and a third injured. National police spokesperson Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo said Msibi handed himself over to police on Monday morning. He was charged with murder and attempted murder.
“The 45-year-old MEC is alleged to have been involved in a shooting where two people were fatally shot and a third person wounded on Sunday, 22 August 2021 in Nelspruit”, says Naicker.
Msibi’s arrest brings to three the total number of people arrested in connection with this case.
On 17 September, police arrested Joseph Charlie Ngwenya (35) and Tshepo Matsane (30).
They both appeared in court at least twice before being granted bail of R20 000 each on Friday. Msibi spent Monday night in custody after his appearance in court.
Not Msibi’s first brush with the law
In 2019, Msibi was allegedly involved in a fight that left a man disfigured.
He was also implicated in a case of attempted murder. The victim was left partially disabled. Msibi was also accused of smashing and vandalising another councillor’s vehicle twice as well as malicious damage to another man’s home.
These cases are still pending. It is unclear if Msibi will be asked to step aside.
Msibi has been a member of the Mpumalanga Provincial Legislature since 2019.
He was elected as MEC of Agriculture, Rural Development and Land and Environmental Affairs in February this year.
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