Mpumalanga province has been dubbed a mafia when it comes to politics. Politicians there apparently don't waste time but eliminate whoever stands on their way. As we speak, the MEC for Agriculture, Rural Development, Land and Environmental Affairs, Mandla Msibi, will be spend a night behind bars. Msibi has handed himself over to the police and he was arrested in connection with murder. His bail application in the Nelspruit Magistrates’ Court on has been scheduled for Tuesday. It's alleged the MEC was involved in fatal shooting of 2 people in August. He has been attending court since 2018 to answer to allegations of conducting a reign of terror in his political stronghold of Pienaar near Mbombela, where he lives.
Msibi was in the forefront of protecting malls during the free Zuma riots. The MEC worked closely with taxi drivers and other community members to ensure infrastructure was safe from looters. While addressing community members in Nkomazi during the riots three months ago, Msibi shockingly said he was going to be hard on people who planned to be part of the looting that had struck the country. A video clip of him speaking to the community members has emerged. In his own words, Msibi said: “We will not hesitate to put a bullet in the forehead of a person that wants to disrupt the government”. Msibi added that people who take part in looting and vandalism of property were taking the whole country into a state of emergency. He said such people would be eliminated.
Image: Screenshot of the video clip.
In response to the MEC's arrest, ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa says Msibi will need to step aside as per party's policy. This is not the first time the MEC had been marred with allegations that he was involved in vigilante acts and had brutally assaulted people. In June he said he believes his opponents are using the courts to settle political scores.
It is worrying that the ruling party resorts to violence just to resorve disputes and arguments. Murder has become a norm in the ANC, especially during this local government elections period. We expect lots of ANC candidates to have accidents or be killed at this time. Surely it is a very dangerous job being an ANC candidate.
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