Judgment expected in former Mpumalanga MEC Mandla Msibi’s bail plea

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The Nelspruit Magistrate’s Court in Mbombela, Mpumalanga is expected to hand down judgment in the bail application of former MEC of Agriculture Mandla Msibi and his two co-accused.

Msibi and his co-accused are facing two counts of murder and one of attempted murder.

They were implicated in the fatal shooting of two men in August.

One of the victims was wounded.

Mpumalanga Premier Refilwe Mtsweni-Tsipane fired Msibi from her cabinet following his arrest.

Msibi was also axed as the provincial African National Congress (ANC) election manager.

According to the evidence presented in court, the victims Christopher Ngwenya and Sindela Lubisi were killed from a hail of bullets.

Sfiso Mpila, who was amongst them, escaped with a bullet wound on the leg.

Two bullets were found on Ngwenya’s head.

Investigating officer Boy Bhila indicated that he has video footage showing the accused and others who are still at large.

However, defence advocate Coert Jordaan said the charges against Msibi and the two accused are malicious and a smear campaign to destroy Msibi’s image.

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.

In the video below, proceedings of Msibi’s court appearance last week: