Mpumalanga MEC Arrested For Two Murders

A Mpumalanga MEC has handed himself, in the company of his lawyer, to the police to face charges of murder and attempted murder.

NEWS24, SABC television and eNCA are all reporting that an unnamed senior politician has been arrested in Mpumalanga.

The MEC, who has not been named yet, was accompanied by his lawyer when he went to the Mbombela police station.

NEWS24 is reporting that national police spokesperson, Vishnu Naidoo, said the 45-year-old MEC had allegedly been involved in a shooting on 22 August this year in Mbombela.

Two people were killed and a third person was wounded in the shooting.

NEWS24 reports that the MEC’s 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.

“They both appeared in court at least twice before being granted bail of R20 000 each on Friday 8 October 2021.”

Naidoo told NEWS24 that the MEC was expected to appear in the Nelspruit Magistrate’s Court soon on the murder and attempted murder charges.

ANC Mpumalanga spokesperson Sasekani Manzini said the party was yet to be briefed on the arrest.

“We will discuss as the provincial leaders and then we will gather information before we comment,” she said.