Two arrested for public violence outside ANCYL conference

Two people were arrested and expected to return to court for erupting in violent attacks on the police in Mpumalanga. This happened outside an ANC Youth conference, said police.


The violence started to brew on Thursday night ahead of the conference. But on Friday, those who wanted to enter the conference started to turn vicious and forceful.

According to national ANC Youth League convener Nonceba Mhlauli, the group had insisted on entering the conference, despite not having the required accreditation.

Speaking to NewzRoom Afrika, she said that those who were not inside the conference were not meant to be there.

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“As far as we are concerned, all delegates to this conference are inside this conference. Everyone who ought to be a delegate is inside the conference. Those who could not make it, their substitute was then put in place. Anyone who is not in the conference is not supposed to be in the conference.”

Nonceba Mhlauli

But the supposed attendees turned violent and started to clash with the police. Police spokesperson Brigadier Selvy Mohlala says two of them started to pelt stones at police vehicles.

This however delayed the start of the conference but once calm was restored, the conference proceeded smoothly, Mhlauli said.

The ANCYL Mpumalanga conference proceeded smoothly despite violence outside the venue. PHOTO: Twitter/@NoncebaMhlauli

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Two suspects, aged 23 and 31 were arrested. Following pelting stones at police vehicles, they were immediately arrested by members of the Public Order Policing, said Mohlala.

The police managed to disperse the rowdy crowed and maintained order for the conference to proceed.

The two appeared before the Emalahleni Magistrate’s Court on Friday on charges of public violence.

“During their court appearance, Mpho Sizwe Nkutha, 31, and Siyabonga Nkosi, 33, are granted bail of R500 each. They are expected to appear at the same court on Friday, 19 August 2022,” Mohlala said.

Mpumalanga provincial police commissioner Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela welcomed the arrests of the two suspects. The commissioner applauded the police members for the way in which they managed the unrest.

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