Murder trial of former Mpumalanga MEC Mandla Msibi postponed to next year

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The double murder case against former Mpumalanga agriculture MEC Mandla Msibi and his co-accused has been postponed. 

Msibi, Joseph Charlie Ngwenya, Tsepo Eddie Matsane, Anele Sonke Mnisi, Njabulo Mkhonto and Sibusiso Vincent Mdhluli appeared briefly in the Nelspruit District Court on Monday.

The accused face two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder.

The State has linked them to the fatal shooting of Dingane Ngwenya and Sindela Sipho Lubisi on 22 August.

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The third victim, Sfiso Mpila, survived the ordeal. The incident happened at Cayotes Shisanyama in Nelspruit.

Msibi had earlier claimed that his arrest was politically motivated. 

Mpumalanga Premier Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane fired the former MEC for Agriculture, Rural Development and Environmental Affairs immediately after his arrest.

The accused are all out on bail of R20 000 each.

They are expected back in court on 24 February.

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