Msibi bail hearing abruptly halted due to bomb scare

Msibi bail hearing abruptly halted due to bomb scare

The Nelspruit Magistrate’s Court has had to be evacuated following a bomb scare.

Mandla Msibi Mpumalanga MEC/ senior ANC official
Mpumalanga Government

Wednesday was the second day of the bail application of former Mpumalanga Agriculture MEC Mandla Msibi and two co-accused.

They are facing charges of murder following an August shootout in Nelspruit where two people were gunned down and another wounded. 

"After the court started, there were reports indicating that there is a bomb threat. The relevant authorities were informed, hence the magistrate adjourned. we currently have the SAPS bomb squad at the scene to verify these threats," said Mpumalanga police spokesperson Donald Mdhluli.

The bomb threat was reported during the testimony of the investigating officer Samson Billa. 

The state is opposing bail. 

Late on Tuesday, the African National Congress in Mpumalanga confirmed its provincial executive committee (PEC) had resolved to terminate Msibi's party membership and remove him from the committee.

He was also replaced as the province's elections manager.

The party said this is in line with the resolution of the 54th national congress, which stated that ANC members and officials facing charges of corruption and other serious crimes step aside pending the court processes. 


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