The eMadadeni Magistrate’s Court in northern KwaZulu-Natal has withdrawn charges against Newcastle Mayor Ntuthuko Mahlaba.

He was facing charges of murder, attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

The charges were in relation to the killing of Wandile Ngubeni in 2016 who was the African National Congress (ANC) Youth League regional deputy Chairperson in the eMalahleni region.

Another person was shot and wounded.

There is jubilation outside the court where Mahlaba’s supporters are celebrating.

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