Defence Advocate Coert Jordaan is giving closing arguments in the bail application of former Mpumalanga Agriculture MEC Mandla Msibi and two co-accused at the Nelspruit Magistrate’s Court in Mbombela, Mpumalanga.

The three are facing two counts of murder and one of attempted murder.

Jordaan says the state did not indicate its intention to oppose bail from the onset until the investigating officer testified.

He says the officer also failed to execute his duties because he effected arrest seven weeks after the incident occurred.

Jordaan says the allegations against the accused have no substance.

The hearing is continuing.

On Wednesday, the court adjourned the bail application after a bomb scare at the court premises.

The video below reports on what happened on Wednesday:

Fired

On Tuesday, Mpumalanga Premier Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane fired Msibi after he handed himself over to police on Monday.

Mtshweni-Tsipane says, “I have decided, after consultation with the ANC leadership in the province, to release MEC Msibi from his position in the Provincial Executive Council with immediate effect. The decision to relieve MEC Msibi has been taken into consideration of the seriousness of the charges he is facing.”