Premier to 'take appropriate action' against Mpumalanga MEC facing murder charges

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Mpumalanga Premier Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane.
Mpumalanga Premier Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane.
Bulelwa Ginindza
  • A Mpumalanga MEC handed himself over to police on Monday morning.
  • This was in connection with two counts of murder and one of attempted murder.
  • Premier Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane said the allegations were very serious, and she would act after the first court appearance.

Mpumalanga Premier Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane says that she will await the official court appearance of the MEC arrested on murder charges and thereafter "take action".

"I view these allegations as very serious and appeal to everyone to allow the law to take its course. At this stage, I will be waiting for the official court appearance of the MEC [and] thereafter take appropriate action," she said in a statement on Monday afternoon.

This comes after news broke that a Mpumalanga MEC had handed himself to the police on Monday morning in connection with two counts of murder and one of attempted murder.

The MEC has not been named yet.

READ | Mpumalanga MEC facing murder charges hands himself over to police

According to police, it is alleged that the 45-year-old MEC had been involved in a shooting on 22 August this year in Mbombela where two people were killed, and a third person wounded.

"His arrest brings to three the total number of people arrested in connection with this case. On 17 September 2021, police arrested Joseph Charlie Ngwenya, 35, and Tshepo Matsane, 30.

"They both appeared in court at least twice before being granted bail of R20 000 each on Friday 8 October 2021," National Spokesperson Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo said.

The MEC was expected to appear soon in the Nelspruit Magistrate's Court on murder and attempted murder charges.

The ANC Mpumalanga spokesperson Sasekani Manzini said the party was yet to be briefed on the arrest, News24 reported earlier.

"We will discuss as the provincial leaders, and then we will gather information before we comment," she said.

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