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.
NELSPRIUT MAGISTRATE’S VACATED OVER BOMB SCARE
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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.
Crowds outside the Nelspruit Magistrate’s Court as axed MEC Mandla Msibi is expected to appear in court this morning for bail application. His supporters believe that his arrest is politically motivated. #Newzroom405 pic.twitter.com/EHW1s1TwsP
— Mweli Masilela (@mwelimasilela) October 13, 2021