Ex-MEC held for theft of ANC papers
Johannesburg - Mishack Malinga, a former Mpumalanga MEC for agriculture, was arrested in Middelburg on Tuesday night in connection with the alleged theft of ANC documents, according to a report on Thursday.
Malinga was reported by fellow party members and taken into custody at the party's electoral offices at the town hall.
He was fired from his job as MEC several months ago and since then has served as an ordinary member of the provincial legislature, Beeld reported on Thursday.
In recent months, Malinga was asked to investigate problems in the ANC's Nkangala district offices, which were in a state of chaos because of tensions linked to the party's forthcoming provincial congress.
During a meeting on Tuesday night, an argument began, and a fist fight ensued.
Malinga allegedly snatched an envelope from one of the delegates. It contained a list of names of delegates who would attend the forthcoming congress, as well as completed nomination forms for the leadership election.
"He walked away with an envelope full of documents and we called the police," said Tommy Nkoana, the ANC's district chairperson.
Malinga appeared briefly in court on Wednesday.