"The police were summoned to the scene, reacted swiftly and arrested 23 suspects for public violence, assault to cause grievous bodily harm, common assault and malicious damage to property."
During the arrests, the police confiscated more than 20 petrol bombs, one knife, four big sticks and a five-litre container.
Two church members were taken to hospital after sustaining serious injuries.
The suspects will appear before the Mokerong magistrate’s court on Monday.
The provincial commissioner of police, Lt-Gen Nneke Ledwaba, has condemned the violent behaviour of the congregants.
“We urge religious groups and all community members to settle their differences in a peaceful and legal manner rather than indulging in acts of violence,” said Ledwaba.
The church has been wracked with feuding following the death of its leader‚ Glayton Modise‚ in February 2016, with disagreements over which of Modise’s children should succeed him.
In November last year, violent clashes broke out between congregants at its church in Zuurbekom‚ west of Johannesburg.
Source: TMG Digital