'Right wingers' held over Mangaung plot

2012-12-16 23:16
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Cape Town - Four suspected right wingers have been arrested for allegedly plotting to disrupt the African National Congress'(ANC) elective conference in Mangaung, eNCA reported on Sunday.

City Press has put the number at seven, saying they had been arrested in the Free State, Northern Cape and Limpopo.

"The suspects are aged between 40 and 50 year-old," said Free State police spokesperson Brigadier Billy Jones told Sapa.

He said the four people were suspected of acts of terrorism.

Jones said the arrests were the result of a successful joint law enforcement operation, reportedly in response to a tip-off.

"Their premises were searched and evidence supporting the investigation was seized."

According to eNCA, caches of weapons were discovered at the suspects' homes.

Jones said the four would be charged and brought before a court soon.

No further details about the police operation or where the four people were arrested were given.

Meanwhile, the ANC adjourned its conference at around midnight on Sunday because of contention regarding credentials.

After the dinner break delegates returned to the plenary marquee to discuss the credentials, but decided to put it on hold.

Treasurer general, Mathews Phosa, proceeded with presenting his report to the conference on Sunday evening.

Delegates would return on Monday morning to continue with credentials.

Nominations for the ANC's top six officials had also been delayed until Monday.

The conference, which was expected to have started at 08:30 on Sunday, had been delayed for about four hours.

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