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‘There’s a new tendency of going to war in order to become councillors’

Gwede Mantashe earlier addressed the media at Luthuli House on the candidates list of the party.

ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General Gwede Mantashe today said there was a new tendency of going to war in order to become councillors.

Mantashe earlier addressed the media at Luthuli House on the candidates list of the party, ahead of the Independent Electoral Commission's (IEC) deadline which was at 5pm this afternoon.

Outside the building, dozens of ANC members protested, claiming some of the lists had been tampered with.

The ANC's secretary general said not all of the grievances highlighted by protesters were linked to the candidate lists.

He said the party didn't interfere with these lists.

Mantashe said mayoral candidates would only be selected within the next two weeks, once the party knows who the councillors are.

Earlier in the afternoon, some stormed the foyer where Mantashe was due to address the media.

He said the members' grievances were being heard.

Mantashe also said the party had not underplayed political killings in the past weeks, but added it should not be shown to characterise the selection of its election candidates.

He said the rate of political killings related to elections was not worse this year and it was unfortunate that this was being reported on in a manner that overshadowed the process.