ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa has weighed in on the arrest of murder accused Mpumalanga MEC saying they will need to step aside.

It is alleged that the 45-year-old MEC was involved in a shooting in August in Mbombela where two people were killed and a third person was wounded.

Ramaphosa says the party’s policy is clear on those that still need to answer to the courts.

“We have quite a straightforward rule. You’ve got to step aside from the position that you occupy, and you’ve got to be answerable to the integrity commission. So, whatever, and whoever it is, has to comply with the rules and conventions, the protocols of the African National Congress in that regard.”

Police have confirmed the arrest of the Mpumalanga MEC for alleged murder and attempted murder.

National Police Spokesperson Vish Naidoo says the MEC’s arrests brings the total number of suspects arrested to three.

“This morning (Monday), a member of the executive council in MP accompanied by his attorney handed himself over to police in Nelspruit in connection with at least two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder. The 45-year-old MEC is alleged to have been involved in the shooting where 2 people were fatally shot and a third person wounded on Sunday the 22nd of August 2021 in Nelspruit. His arrest brings the total to 3 the number of people arrested in connection with this case.”

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