Wednesday, 13 October 2021 13:42

Court evacuated during Mandla Msibi's bail hearing after bomb scare.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

The bail application of former Mpumalanga MEC for agriculture Mandla Msibi has been adjourned after a bomb scare at the court.

The Nelspruit Magistrates Court had to be evacuated when Magistrate Suzan Monaledi received a message that there was a bomb in the building.

"Can we please all leave the building. I have just received a message that there’s a bomb in the building. Therefore, let’s all leave and we will be told when to come back," Monaledi said.

Msibi was in court alongside two others. They have been charged with murder and attempted murder.

He is accused of being involved in a shooting incident at a popular drinking spot in Mbombela on 22 August 2021.

The shooting is allegedly related to party infighting over the ANC’s candidate list processes ahead of the local government elections. Two ANC members – Sindela Sipho Lubisi and Dingane Ngwenya – were killed in the shooting, while another party member, Sfiso Mpila, was injured.

Msibi made his first court appearance on Monday and his bail application was postponed to Tuesday.

He was fired from the provincial government executive and as ANC elections head in the province on Tuesday.

Mpumalanga Premier Refilwe Mtsweni-Tsipane said this was in line with the ANC’s step-aside rule.