Two people have been arrested and are expected to return to court for brutal attacks on police in Mpumalanga. It happened outside an ANC youth conference, police said.

Violence breaks out on the part of those who want to get to the conference

The violence broke out on Thursday night ahead of the conference. But on Friday, those who wanted to get to the conference became angry and violent.

According to the head of the National Youth League of the ANC Nonceba Mhlawlithe group insisted on attending the conference despite lacking the necessary accreditation.

Speaking to NewzRoom Afrika, she said those who were not at the conference should not have been there.

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“As far as we are concerned, all the delegates of this conference are inside this conference. Everyone who should be a delegate is inside the conference. Those who did not make it, were then put in their place. He who is not at the conference should not be at the conference.’

Nonceba Mhlawli

But the alleged attendees cheated and started clashes with the police. Police spokesperson Brigadier General Selvi Mohlala says two of them started throwing rocks at police vehicles.

This, however, delayed the start of the conference, but when calm was restored, the conference went smoothly, Mhlawli said.

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

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Two suspects aged 23 and 31 were detained. After they threw stones at police cars, they were immediately arrested by law enforcement officers, Mohlala said.

The police managed to disperse the rioters and maintain order so that the conference could continue.

On Friday, they appeared in the Emalakhleni Magistrates’ Court on charges of violence in a public place.

“During their court appearances, Mpho Sizwe Nkuta, 31, and Siyabonga Nkosi, 33, were released on bail of R500 each. They are expected to appear in the same court on Friday, August 19, 2022,” Mohlala said.

Mpumalanga Provincial Police Commissioner Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphne Manamela welcomed the arrests of the two suspects. The commissioner praised the police officers for the way they handled the riots.

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