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Axed Mpumalanga MEC Mandla Msibi to spend weekend in jail after court reserves judgement in bail application

Mandla Khoza Freelance journalist
Former MEC is agriculture land reform and rural development, Mandla Msibi talking to his relative while he appears in the Nelspruit magistrates court.
Former MEC is agriculture land reform and rural development, Mandla Msibi talking to his relative while he appears in the Nelspruit magistrates court.
Image: Mandla Khoza

 

Former Mpumalanga agriculture, land reform and rural development MEC Mandla Msibi will spend the weekend behind bars after judgment in his bail application was reserved for next week.

Msibi and his two co-accused Anele Mnisi and Njabulo Mkhonto appeared in the Mbombela magistrate's court where they stand accused of double murder of Dingan Ngwenya and Lindela Lubisi and attempted murder of Sfiso Mpila.

They were allegedly involved in the shooting of Ngwenya, Lubisi and Mpila outside Coyotes Chisa Nyama in Mbombela on August 22.

After hearing weeklong arguments in the trio's bail application, magistrate Suzan Monaledi reserved judgment for Tuesday.

Msibi and his co-accused will remain in police custody until then.

A visibly disappointed Msibi was led back to the police holding cells after the court adjournment. 

His lawyer advocate Coert Jordaan had earlier pleaded with the court for the judgment to be delivered earlier. 

Jordaan argued argued in court that the state was being biased and choosing one side of the two ANC groups involved in a battle. 

“The first statement of the two witnesses of the state came in on Aug. 26, where the incident happened four days before.

“Why would someone wait and not give the statement on something he/she saw on a very important case like this. We are of the view that the witnesses went to consult with the other group of the same political party on who to implicate or not,” Jordaan said.

“The state charged all the accused of two counts of murder and one attempted murder where on the testimony from the investigator Msibi is alleged to have shot the survivor on the leg. That is attempted murder. Mkhonto is only mentioned smashing a car which is malicious damage to property but yet they are all charged with murder.

“We would submit to this court that those matters be taken into consideration and the fact that the case is nonexistent and they have decided to choose sides on a political case.” 

Msibi's supporters, who have been bussed to the court in numbers since his arrest, were also left disappointed but were called to remain calm. 

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