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Death toll in Tshwane unrest rises to 5

Police say one of the bodies was found inside the Mabopane central city shopping centre.

FILE: Protesters started new fires in Atteridgeville as the sun set on 21 June 2016. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The death toll in the Tshwane unrest has now risen to five after two more bodies were discovered in Mabopane today.

Police say one of the bodies was found inside the Mabopane central city shopping centre and the other at a house nearby which was looted overnight.

Tshwane was hit by protests this week after the announcement of former Public Works Minister Thoko Didiza as the African National Congress (ANC)'s mayoral candidate for the metro.






#TshwaneUnrest A bus has been set alight on Kalafong road in Atteridgeville,reducing it to scrap.KG


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Residents in Hammanskraal, Mamelodi and Atteridgeville are among the people calling for current mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa to be retained.

The police's Noxolo Kweza said, "I can confirm that two bodies were found this morning and we haven't arrested anybody and our investigations are continuing."

On Wednesday police confirmed two people were killed in Mamelodi the previous night in violence linked to the unrest in Tshwane.

CABINET CONDEMNS VIOLENCE IN STATEMENT

Meanwhile, Cabinet has issued a statement formally condemning the violence in and around the capital this week.

Ministers say people must obey the law and must not use violence during their protests.

In a statement released after yesterday's Cabinet meeting, ministers say that no amount of grievance can justify violence or the destruction of property.

They say that those found guilty of perpetrating criminal acts will face the full might of the law and that communities must work with the police to root out these people.

Cabinet has also welcomed last week's Constitutional Court ruling allowing the local government elections to go ahead, after a challenge to the way voter address information was gathered in Tlokwe.

It says government will work with the electoral commission to ensure that ruling is fully implemented.

PROTESTERS ARRESTS

Forty more people have been arrested in connection with incidents of violence and looting in Tshwane, bringing the total to 54 people who have been apprehended since the beginning of the week.

Police officers were deployed in their numbers last night to ensure the violence did not flare up.

GALLERY: The unrest in Tshwane.

ANC leaders met with residents from Hammanskraal, Atteridgeville and Mamelodi yesterday, who raised their concerns about the party's decision to select Didiza as Tshwane's mayoral candidate.

The ANC will introduce Didiza to the media in Johannesburg today.

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