Msibi’s fate in ANC to be decided as calls for his axing mount

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Mandla Msibi is facing murder and attempted murder charges relating to a shooting incident that happened near Coyote’s Shisa Nyama near Mbombela. Photo: Supplied
Mandla Msibi is facing murder and attempted murder charges relating to a shooting incident that happened near Coyote’s Shisa Nyama near Mbombela. Photo: Supplied

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Murder accused Mpumalanga Agriculture, Rural Development, Land and Environmental Affairs MEC in the ANC will be decided on Tuesday evening, when its provincial executive committee (PEC) sits at specially convened meeting at 8pm.

Acting ANC provincial secretary Lindiwe Ntshalintshali said in a statement that the PEC would meet and thereafter release a comprehensive statement.

The ANC is likely to recall Msibi from his position in the PEC and as head of elections, as well as advise Premier Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane to remove him from her cabinet.


On Monday President Cyril Ramaphosa said that Msibi should step aside because he had been arrested and charged, and answer before the ANC’s Integrity Commission.

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Msibi appeared before the Nelspruit Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday for his bail hearing after he handed himself over to the police on Monday. He spent the night in a police cell.

Msibi is facing murder and attempted murder charges relating to a shooting incident that happened near Coyote’s Shisa Nyama near Mbombela on August 22.

It is alleged that the shooting incident was related to an ANC infighting about a list conference that was held at Nutting House Lodge outside Mbombela.

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Suspects driving in a blue double-cab bakkie allegedly opened fire on a VW Polo. Two ANC members – Sindela Sipho Lubisi and Dingane Ngwenya – were killed, while a third member, Sfiso Mpila, was wounded.

Two suspects were arrested on September 17 in connection with the shooting and are out on bail.

Before he was charged with murder and attempted murder, Msibi told City Press that he was inside the shisa nyama to collect an order of meat when the shooting incident happened outside the premises.


Msibi said he paid for the order and went back to Nutting House, where he was attending the ANC meeting.

His lawyer, Coert Jordaan, told City Press that the latest charges against Msibi were politically motivated.


Jordaan represented Msibi on 10 other charges, ranging from assault, attempted murder theft and malicious damage to property since 2018. Msibi was acquitted on all charges about two months ago.

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DA leader in Mpumalanga Jane Sithole said that Mtshweni-Tsipane must release Msibi from his cabinet position immediately.

“If the premier fails to act, that will show the people of our province that she will always put the ANC and its comrades first instead of ensuring Mpumalanga is a safe place for all its citizens,” Sithole said.


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