2 men arrested at ANC Limpopo conference

2012-12-05 23:00
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Johannesburg - Two men were arrested when people tried to force their way into the ANC's nomination conference in Polokwane on Wednesday, Limpopo police said.

"The group, who were non-delegates to the conference, tried to force their way into the conference centre and had no accreditation," spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said.

"Police tried to speak to them... they became unruly and started pelting the police with stones."

They were believed to be supporters of President Jacob Zuma. Police used a water cannon to disperse them.

The two men who were arrested were the group's leaders, said Mulaudzi. They would appear in the Polokwane Magistrate's Court on public violence charges soon.

"The situation is tense. Police are keeping an eye on the venue."

African National Congress provincial spokesperson Makonde Mathiva, who was inside the conference venue, said registrations were continuing and that there had been no disruptions inside.

"Registrations are going well, according to plan. It is peaceful inside."

The party had to abandon its conference on Saturday after Zuma supporters stormed the venue and intimidated delegates.

The Limpopo ANC members were trying to nominate candidates to stand for leadership posts at the party's national elective conference in Mangaung next week.

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