Johannesburg — Five ANC Youth League supporters were detained and released on a warning on Tuesday after violence erupted at a hall in Limpopo, where President Jacob Zuma was speaking.
“They were an unruly group of people who started in the afternoon by blocking off the roads,” said Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi.
About 300 supporters of expelled ANCYL president Julius Malema converged outside the Holy Worship Church hall, in Thohoyandou, before Zuma arrived.
They carried banners with Malema’s picture and sang: “Zuma is troubling us”.
They became involved in a fight with ANC security officers when the entered the hall at 4pm.
“Those people are anti-Zuma and came inside the venue and started singing anti-Zuma songs. Then the ANC security inside the hall contained them and assaulted them,” said Mulaudzi, adding that the police were called in to defuse the situation.
“Five of them, who were among those singing anti-Zuma songs, were bundled into a police van and taken away from the venue.
“We then gave them a serious warning to refrain from causing problems in the area. They complied and were released on a warning.”
Mulaudzi was unable to say what happened to the security officials who assaulted them.
Zuma began speaking after 5pm. Violence continued outside the hall during his address.
“They continued to cause a disruption. Even when President Zuma started and was busy with the lecture, they were pelting police with stones,” said Mulaudzi. Read more…