Mandla Msibi has been named as the Mpumalanga MEC arrested earlier Monday in connection with two murders and attempted murder.
The 45-year-old African National Congress (ANC) politician, who handed himself to the police in the presence of his lawyer, will spend the night behind bars.
Msibi appeared in the Mbombela (Nelspruit) Magistrate’s Court on Monday on the murder and attempted murder charges.
He is expected to apply for bail on Tuesday.
National police spokesperson, Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo, said in a statement that the MEC is alleged to have been involved in a shooting, where two people were fatally shot and a third person wounded.
The shootings occurred on Sunday, 22 August 2021 in Mbombela.
“His arrest brings to three the total number of people arrested in connection with this case. On 17 September 2021 police arrested Joseph Charlie Ngwenya (35) and Tshepo Matsane (30),” said Brigadier Naidoo.
“They both appeared in court at least twice before being granted bail of R20 000 each on Friday, 8 October 2021.”
The ANC has not yet enforced the step aside rule, regarding Msibi.