Twenty-three congregants of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church (IPHC) at Danisani Village in Mahwelereng outside Mokopane are expected to appear in the Mokerong Magistrate’s Court this morning (Monday) facing various charges, including public violence, after they were arrested at the church on Saturday. Police confiscated 20 petrol bombs and a knife while two members of the church were taken to hospital after sustaining serious injuries.
According to Provincial Police Spokesperson Moatshe Ngoepe the suspects’ ages range from 14 to 23 years.
It is alleged that two rival groups of the church had an altercation during a church service which was followed by violent actions resulting in several people being assaulted and vehicles parked on the church premises being damaged.
The Police were summoned and arrested 23 suspects who will face charges of public violence, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, common assault and malicious damage to property, according to Ngoepe, who added that Police confiscated more than 20 petrol bombs and a knife during the arrest.
Story: RC Myburgh