A 45-year-old senior Mpumalanga ANC member and MEC has been detained in connection with a shooting incident that claimed the lives of two people.
National police spokesperson Brig Vish Naidoo said: “This morning, a member of the executive council (MEC) in Mpumalanga, accompanied by his attorney, handed himself over to police in Nelspruit in connection with at least two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder.”
Naidoo said the culprit who cannot be identified until he appears in court on Monday. He is facing two counts of murder and attempted murder charges. In the August 22 incident, one other person was injured.
The MEC was the third person to be arrested in connection with the case. Naidoo said that two other accused were granted R20,000 bail each last week.
“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,” said Naidoo. The MEC is expected to appear in the Nelspruit magistrate’s court soon.
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