The African National Congress (ANC) in Mpumalanga has decided to instruct MEC for Agriculture, Rural Development, Land and Environmental Affairs, Mandla Msibi to step aside from all his positions.
And shortly after that decision Mpumalanga Premier, Refilwe Mtsweni-Tsipane fired Msibi from the Executive Council. MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Busisiwe Shiba, will act in Msibi's MEC position. Msibi will, however, remain Member of Provincial Legislature.
Msibi, who is also ANC provincial head of elections, is spending the second night in prison. He was remanded in custody after his bail application was postponed to Wednesday by the Mbombela Magistrate's Court.
Provincial ANC spokesperson, Sasekani Manzini, explained the step aside decision.
“I can confirm that we’ve just finished our PEC meeting. We looked at the matter and resolved that he should step aside as the member of the PEC, as an MEC and as an election manager. We viewed these allegations as serious allegations," Manzini said.
Msibi was arrested on Monday with two other suspects and charged with double murder and attempted murder following a shooting incident that took place on Sunday 22 August this year.
It's alleged that Msibi and two others were at a popular drinking spot where they were involved in the shooting that resulted in two people being shot dead and one wounded.
The ANC leader told the court on Tuesday that he went to a local shisanyama to purchase food for ANC officials who attended a meeting to finalise their candidate lists for the local government elections.
While on an election campaign in the Northern Cape on Monday, President Cyril Ramaphosa, also called on Msibi to step aside.