Political parties slam violence in TshwaneStaff Reporter
PRETORIA , – Political parties have slammed the orgy of violence that has characterized the City of Tshwane in the aftermath of the ANC’s announcement that Thoko Didiza will represent the ruling party as mayoral candidate, replacing incumbent mayor Kgosiensto Ramokgopa.
Several buses and buildings have been torched as residents protested Didiza’s appointment saying she was not born in Tshwane. Didiza was born in Durban, but has been residuing in Pretoria for the past two decades.
Democratic Alliance mayoral candidate Solly Msimanga says; ” I call for calm in the City of Tshwane after the violence that erupted in Atteridgeville, Mamelodi, Soshanguve and Hammanskraal – over the ANC’s
imposed Mayoral Candidate, Thoko Didiza .
“The DA condemns the factions within the ANC that are fanning the flames of violence. Tshwane burns this evening as a result of a party at war with itself. That war has now spilled onto our streets, placing the people of Tshwane at risk.
“This violence is a symptom of ANC factionalism and in-fighting after President Zuma and Luthuli House defied the local ANC by imposing an outsider to run for the Mayor of the Capital. The collateral damage in
this battle for power are the people of Tshwane.
“These are not the actions of a party that can move this City forward. This ANC infighting and obscene violence shows why we need change in Tshwane.”
ANC spokesperson for Tshwane Tebogo Joala has urged party supporters to accept candidates that were chosen to represent the liberation movement in the forthcoming 2016 Municipal elections.
The ANC has been facing resistance from its cadres over the choice of its representatives in the watershed elections where the ruling party is facing stiff competition from the opposition DA and new kid on the block
Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) led by Julius Malema.
“We are saying to our fellow cadres that they should stay disciplined, rise above narrow squabbles and petty political differences, provide leadership, pu the ANC and our people above all these.
“Mobilize our people, rally behind our leaders and above all inspire our rank and file.”
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