A BOMB threat interrupted the case of former Mpumalanga Agriculture MEC Mandla Msibi on Wednesday, 13 October.

As investigating officer Warrant Officer Boy Bhila was detailing events in the Nelspruit Magistrates Court, prosecutor Innocent Sibiya asked to speak to Magistrate Susan Monaledi.

Magistrate Monaledi said: “Guys, we need to evacuate the court, I have been informed there is a bomb in the building.”

Msibi, who is appearing alongside Anele Mnisi and Njabulo Mkhonto, is facing two counts of murder and attempted murder. The charges emanate from a shooting incident that took place outside Coyotes Shisanyama in Mbombela on 22 August.

Warrant Officer Bhila said the issue started at Nutting House where there was a verification of ANC councillor candidates for the upcoming elections.

Mpumalanga NPA spokeswoman Monica Nyuswa said a new date for the continuation of a bail hearing will be communicated.

Msibi has since been fired from the executive council and suspended from the ANC.

Mpumalanga Premier Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane said it was in the best interest of the organisation and the people of Mpumalanga to relieve him of his duties.

He said it was also in his best interest to release him so he can be afforded an opportunity to attend to this matter.

ANC acting provincial secretary Lindiwe Ntshalintshali said the ANC condemns all forms of violence and appeals to all members of the ANC to desist from the act of resolving problems through violent means in all sections of their lives.

“We call on all our members to respect the judicial process which is underway and discourage them from mobilising members against the judiciary and other state institutions,” she said.

Mpumalanga police spokesman Colonel Donald Mdluli said after the explosive units went and scanned the court’s building police found nothing to do with the threat given.

“We took a decision to open a case of bomb threat. We are trying to follow up and investigate and check where these threats are coming from. However,whoever will be found to have started this and gave us false information, the law is going to take its course,” he said.