‘Bomb threat’ in Mpumalanga MEC’s murder case sparks courtroom panic | Muhabarishaji News


The bail hearing for recently-fired Mpumalanga MEC Mandla Msibi has been interrupted in dramatic fashion on Wednesday, after the Nelspruit Magistrate’s Court received a bomb threat.

Bomb threat halts proceedings in Nelspruit

The fractious atmosphere in the province has been bubbling ever since Msibi was arrested on two separate murder charges. He has been accused in connection with a fatal shooting over the weekend.

Mpumalanga MEC accused of murder

Other suspects in the case have been able to post R20 000 for bail, but Msibi’s own attempts to secure his temporary freedom were scuppered earlier today. After being made aware of a significant security threat, law enforcement officials working in the Nelspruit courtroom ordered an immediate evacuation.

The hearing will only resume on Thursday now, keeping the outgoing Mpumalanga MEC behind bars for at least one more night. Premier Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane says Msibi’s removal from office is with immediate effect. In the meantime, she has appointed COGTA MEC Busisiwe Shiba to act in Msibi’s position.

Bomb threat pushes Mpumalanga MEC bail hearing back

Further justifying her decision to axe Mandla Msibi, Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane says this was in consideration of the serious charges that he is facing and the effect the matter will have on his work in office.

Meanwhile, supporters have gathered to show their support for the embattled ANC politician, cranking up the temperature even further in Nelspruit. Die-hard backers have marched through the streets of the town on Wednesday, claiming that a ‘political plot’ is to blame for Msibi’s arrest. Court will return to session on Thursday 14 October.