Mandla msibi

Former Mpumalanga MEC Mandla Msibi
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From murder-accused to ANC leader? ANCWL nominates Msibi

The ANC Women’s League in Mpumalanga looks to be pushing for murder-accused Mandla Msibi to get a top position in the party.

Mandla msibi

Former Mpumalanga MEC Mandla Msibi
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To many South Africans, it seems like the ANC chooses to shoot itself in the foot again and again. When it gets the opportunity to show that it’s changing its ways or clamping down hard on criminality, it simply doesn’t. A new shocking report now reveals that murder-accused former Mpumalanga MEC Mandla Msibi, is being pushed for a top position. Yes, we did say MURDER-ACCUSED.

Mandla Msibi back in a top ANC position?

Msibi, the former Agriculture MEC in Mpumalanga, is currently out on R20 000 bail. Msibi is facing two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder. Mpumalanga Premier Refilwe Mtsweni-Tsipane fired Msibi from his potion after the charges were made official. He was also asked to step aside from any ANC positions.

The charges relate to a shooting that took place outside a bar in Mbombela in August last year.

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Unsurprisingly, Msibi insists that all the charges against him are politically motivated.

According to The Sowetan, the ANC Women’s League Task Team in Mpumalanga has nominated him for a new position.

The task team says that Msibi is its preferred candidate to take on the job as ANC Provincial Chairperson.

The Women’s League has also shown no backing to current premier Mtsweni-Tsipane, who is a woman.

Despite this and favouring a man charged with murder, the ANCWL had this to say.

“The ANCWL has committed itself to redouble its efforts to ensure that women, who are defined by the ANC’s strategy and tactics as the bedrock of the construction of the renewal of the ANC, emerge within provincial structures of the ANC.”

ANCWL Mpumalanga Task Team told The Sowetan

Trial in September

The case against Mandla Msibi and his co-accused was transferred this month to the High Court in Mbombela. The murder trial will begin in September and is scheduled to tun until mid-way through the month.

Three people were shot outside the bar last year. One of them survived. In February, two key witnesses informed the court that they were withdrawing their statements against Msibi.