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ANC holding ‘many internal meetings’ to rein in Tshwane debacle

Kingdom Mabuza | 2016-06-22 11:07:43.0
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Tshwane mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa tried to calm residents of Atteridgeville at the local community hall on 21 June 2016 as protests spread across Tshwane.
Image by: SIZWE NDINGANE

The African National Congress (ANC) is frantically holding a series of meetings with its members and residents to calm the situation in Tshwane‚ which has the potential of harming the party in the coming elections.

The party’s election campaign machinery in Gauteng was brought to a halt when ANC members in Tshwane revolted against the national leadership’s decision to impose Thoko Didiza as its mayoral candidate in the capital.

Irate ANC members were then joined by other community members on Monday when they started attacking buses and passing motorists‚ blocking roads and looting shops.

"There are many internal meetings with branches‚ alliance‚ leagues and other fraternal organisations in Tshwane. The main objective being to stabilise the situation and continue with the election campaign‚" said ANC provincial spokesman Nkenke Kekana.

ANC members and residents in townships of the region have threatened to switch their votes to the Democratic Alliance (DA) should the party remain stubborn in its decision to field Didiza as a mayoral candidate.

Many of the DA’s branches in former black townships in Gauteng are in Tshwane‚ and recent polls suggested the increasing popularity of the party in the capital city. – TMG Digital

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