Cape Times

Conference delegates arrested for possession of stolen firearm

- Sihle Manda

SIX DELEGATES from North West at the ANC’s elective conference were arrested at the weekend for possession of a stolen gun.

The arrest was confirmed by police spokespers­on Vishnu Naidoo, who said the six were arrested by members of the Mpumalanga tactical response team during a routine patrol.

It is understood that some of the six were voting delegates. However, this was disputed by the party’s North West spokespers­on, Gerald Modise.

He confirmed the arrests but said three of the six were non-voting delegates. “It’s actually only three of them. They were voting delegates but that changed because of the court decision,” he said.

This was after the North West High Court on Friday nullified the ANC Bojanala regional conference.

The court ruling followed a review applicatio­n by former Bojanala regional secretary Tokyo Mataboge and 39 others, seeking an order to set aside the general meetings of 40 branches in Bojanala and nullify the regional conference of September 24.

Informatio­n received by The Star, sister newspaper of the Cape Times, indicated that police had received informatio­n of “people playing with a firearm in the parking area opposite gate 6. When members responded, six men were found in a Quantum that had North West registrati­on plates,” a source said.

Police then searched the suspects and vehicle. “Nothing was found on the suspects, but a firearm was discovered between the seats on which the suspects were seated,” Naidoo said. “The firearm is a Norinco 213 and it had five rounds.”

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