- Former Agriculture, Rural Development, Land and Environmental Affairs MEC Mandla Msibi was fired after his arrest
- Mpumalanga Premier Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane took the decision to remove the MEC from his position in the wake of the allegations
- President Cyril Ramaphosa had also asked that the former MEC step aside in accordance with the ANC's policies
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NELSPRUIT - Mpumalanga Premier Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane has applied his mind to the scandal surrounding Mandla Msibi.
The premier has removed Msibi from his position as Agriculture, Rural Development, Land and Environmental Affairs MEC.
She revealed that he would remain a member of the provincial legislature according to News24.
Earlier, Briefly News reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa recently stated that the Mpumalanga MEC who has been charged with murder will need to step aside from his position. Ramaphosa reiterated that the ANC's rules and regulations are clear and that the accused needs to stand before the Integrity Commission.
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Mandla Msibi, the Mpumalanga's Agriculture MEC's name was released as he made his first court appearance in Nelspruit on Tuesday, 12 October.
Premier in Mpumalanga Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane stated that she is currently waiting for the murder accused to have his first appearance in court before her office 'takes action' against him.
Mandla Msibi: Mpumalanga MEC's lawyer believes arrest for 2 murders is politically motivated
In similar news, Mpumalanga MEC Mandla Mbisi's legal representative is of the belief that the murder allegations against Mbisi are politically charged.
Mbisi first made the news earlier this week when he went to Mbombela Police Station to surrender himself for arrest after he was charged with being party to the murder of two people and the attempted murder of one person.
According to City Press, Coert Jordaan, Mbisi's attorney believes that he was merely arrested because of his status and his position. Mbisi is also a Provincial Executive Committee Member of the African National Congress.
Mpumalanga MEC hands himself over to police for being involved in the deaths of 2 people
Briefly News previously reported that the South African Police Services has confirmed that an MEC from Mpumalanga has handed himself over and is currently facing charges related to murder and attempted murder.
The accused MEC handed himself over at Mbombela Police Station and was alongside his lawyer who accompanied him. He faces two charges of murder and one attempted murder charge.
Vishnu Naidoo, SAPS national spokesperson, says the MEC was arrested in connection to a shooting that took place on 22 August in Mbombela.