The Provincial Executive Committee of the African National Congress (ANC) in Mpumalanga has suspended former MEC for Agriculture, Mandla Msibi.

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 will continue their bail application in the Nelspruit Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.

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.

Ntshalintshali also apologised to the members of the media who were threatened outside the Nelspruit Magistrate’s Court on Monday during Msibi’s bail application.

She says, “Comrade Mandla Msibi who is our PEC member has handed himself to the police and has briefly appeared to the court and also yesterday, we are really shocked as the ANC in Mpumalanga. We have then resolved our Section 25.7 of the ANC Constitution and also resolved by the national conference that any member who is charged or appeared before the courts of law on serious allegation should step aside.”

Fired

On Tuesday, Msibi was fired from his position as Mpumalanga Agriculture MEC.

He handed himself over to police on Tuesday and has been remanded in custody.

In the video below, Mpumalanga Premier Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane addresses the media on Msibi’s dismissal: