As the now-fired Mpumalanga Agriculture MEC Mandla Msibi heads back to court for his bail application, the ANC in the province has appealed for his supporters to allow the law to run its course.
MEC Msibi was relieved of his duties on Tuesday evening after he turned himself over to the police and was arrested on charges of murder and attempted murder.
The ANC in Mpumalanga called on him to step aside from his government role and duties in the party until the criminal process has been concluded.
Msibi is accused of killing two people and attempting to kill a third in connection with ANC councilor candidate selection processes in August. He and two others have pleaded not guilty and their bail hearing is set to resume on Wednesday.
“This matter is really sad and disappointing and we don’t want to politicise 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,” said ANC Mpumalanga secretary Lindiwe Ntshalintshali.
Msibi will reportedly remain an ordinary member of the provincial legislature but he was replaced as MEC, if found innocent, he could be asked to serve again.
“Subject to the developments as they will unfold in the future, if he is not found guilty of such charges, he still has an opportunity to come and serve once again at the behest of the premier. I can still call him back to come and serve in the executive,” Premier Mtshweni-Tsipane said.
Sources: MSN, The Star
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