The Nelspruit Magistrate’s Court in Mpumalanga has adjourned the bail application of former MEC Mandla Msibi due to safety concerns.

Msibi and four others are facing two charges of murder and one of attempted murder.

Two suspects were released on R20 000 bail last week.

Msibi and the other two suspects have been applying for bail.

It is reported that the police ordered everyone to vacate the courtroom so that a search operation can be conducted.

It is not clear when the bail application will resume.

The video below is an update of what’s happening at the court:

Meanwhile, scores of people wearing African National Congress (ANC) regalia gathered outside the Nelspruit Magistrate’s Court.

The Mbombela CBD is completely closed by Msibi’s supporters calling for his release.

SABC reporter Nhlanhla Jele is outside the court:

Earlier, the Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) of the African National Congress (ANC) in Mpumalanga suspended Msibi.

Acting provincial secretary of the ANC, Lindiwe Ntshalintshali, says they have decided to suspend Msibi as a PEC member and in all leadership roles in the organisation.

On Tuesday, Msibi was fired from his position.

Mpumalanga Premier Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane addresses the media on Msibi’s dismissal: