He had been taken away by the cops on malicious damage to property charges.
Contestant for the Mpumalanga position of ANC deputy president DD Mabuza is accusing Safety and Security MEC Pat Ngomane of using state resources to victimise him.
Mandla Msibi, who wants to be chairman of the ANC in the province, spoke to students at the Acornhoek Tvet College on Saturday afternoon and said more than 150 cops came to his house to arrest him.
He was nabbed on Monday morning a week ago.
“If you have a view about a specific person that you want to lead the ANC, pursue your view without assassinating the character of the other contender,” Msibi said to the students.
“Comrade Pat Ngomane must stop using state security apparatus to fight political battles in the ANC,” he told the applauding students who had come to fill the main hall of the college.
Msibi addressed the Nelson Mandela memorial lecture organised by PRET and supported by SASCO in the campus.
He was arrested on Monday last week on charges on malicious damage to property and released on a warning, according to provincial media.
A community meeting in the area of Pienaar had accused Msibi, the speaker of the Mbombela municipality, of corruption and Msibi allegedly went to revenge those who held the meeting by attacking them, Mpumalanga News reported, and the cops swooped.
But in Acornhoek, Msibi said he had never seen such a large number of police officers coming to arrest an individual in his life.
He claimed this was done by Ngomane to make sure he doesn’t stand for nomination as he will be facing criminal charges.
“When they came to my house to arrest me they said that I was being charged for house robbery, that I took a TV but when we were there at the police station they changed and said I was being charged for malicious damage to property. I was shocked. And when I asked they said ‘no, don’t worry, we will take you back to your house’.”
He said he phoned Ngomane and told him he was intending to sue the state for “unlawful arrest, malicious prosecution and defamation of character”.
“I put him on loud-speaker and comrade Pat just said ok,”Msibi said.
Ngomane’s spokesman Joseph Mabuza said the MEC doesn’t interfere in the daily operation of the cops.
“He didn’t even know about the case. I’m the one that called him after I had media enquiries that Mandla Msibi is arrested and asked me to check what he had been arrested for. It will be wrong to say the MEC directs the cops on who to arrest and who not to arrest,” Mabuza said.
He spoke to a fully packed hall at the Elukwatini township on Thursday afternoon.
One of the leaders gunning for the Mpumalanga position of ANC deputy president DD Mabuza has spoken for the first time, addressing a fully packed hall in Elukwatini.
Mandla Msibi, who is the speaker of the Mbombela municipality, came to the area together with the leadership of PRET, which included founding President Themba Sgudla and secretary Sunday Mathebula and took to the stage to address a score of people who had come to the Elukwatini hall.
He is being supported by the organisation to take over as the chairman of Mpumalanga ANC.
The group used the 106th birthday celebration of the ANC to make itself more known but then also to push a campaign in the succession race.
The Practical Radical Economic Transformation (PRET) group has made a new twist in the battle for the seat of Mpumalanga ANC chair, dumping Sasekani Manzini as their favoured candidate and opting for Mbombela municipal speaker Mandla Msibi.
The group previously announced they would back Manzini, the spokeswoman of the party in the province, but has now made a U-turn, saying they have realised that both Manzini and acting chair Mandla Ndlovu are “quite factional” leaders.
“Our members who are also ANC members from the branches refuse to participate in factions,” PRET President Themba Sgudla said over the phone.
“This thing of factions must end in the ANC. Factions, factions, everyday, no,” he said.
He said they will now support Msibi, a proposal made by their members, “as they believe Msibi is not attached to any particular grouping”.
“Msibi is the only person they realised is not factional. It’s not me, it’s the branch members,” Sgudla said.
“We are sick and tired of factions,” Sgudla said.
“We want all people to be allowed in the ANC for the end-goal of changing the lives of the poor. We don’t want a caste of friends to elect itself for its own interests. No. We want everyone to have a voice in the ANC,” Sgudla said.
Campaigns to take ANC deputy president DD Mabuza’s position in Mpumalanga have already started – with a score of contestants vying for the seats.
Sgudla said they are going to Bushbuckridge the coming weekend to make their members’ wishes of Msibi to emerge known.
“We will fill the Acornhoek stadium and Msibi will talk,” he said.
He questioned where Ndlovu, the current secretary of the ANC in Mpumalanga, gets “the mandate to move and abandon the position of secretary”.
“Ndlovu was elected by conference to become the secretary. Now he wants to leave this position and become the chairperson. Where does his get this mandate? That’s just his personal ambitions and his friends in the ANC and we can’t support that. We represent unemployed people and our members don’t believe Ndlovu wants to represent the poor when he wants to be elected like that,” Sgudla said.
The province will fill Mabuza’s position and that of his deputy Violet Siwela and additional member Candith Mashego-Dlamini who were elected into the national executive committee on 18 December 2018.