Cape Town – President Cyril Ramaphosa has reportedly called on Mpumalanga Agriculture, Rural Development, Land and Environmental Affairs MEC Mandla Msibi to step aside after he was arrested and charged with murder and attempted murder.
According to City Press, Msibi, who is also an ANC provincial executive committee (PEC) member and its head of elections in the province, handed himself over to the police at the Nelspruit Police Station on Monday morning.
He was accompanied by his lawyer Coert Jordaan.
The 45-year-old politician was alleged to have been involved in the fatal shooting of two people and the wounding of one other person, EWN reported.
The incident allegedly happened near Coyote’s Shisa Nyama – a popular drinking spot in Mbombela – on August 22.
Msibi appeared in the Nelspruit Magistrates Court and was remanded in custody, the report said.
News24 on Tuesday quoted Business Day as saying that president Ramaphosa had since called for the ANC to deal with the issue urgently, saying anyone who was charged in a serious criminal matter was expected to step aside.
The report said that the arrest was the third linked to the shooting in August this year.
In September, Joseph Charlie Ngwenya, 35, and Tshepo Matsane, 30, were arrested for their alleged involvement in the matter, the report said.
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Compiled by Betha Madhomu