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Thoko Didiza named ANC’s new mayoral candidate of Tshwane

Didiza previously served as a minister in former President Thabo Mbeki’s cabinet.

FILE: Thoko Didiza. Picture: YouTube screengrab.

JOHANNESBURG - Thoko Didiza has been named as the African National Congress' (ANC) mayoral candidate for the Tshwane Metro Municipality.

The ANC named all other metro candidates after a meeting last night but had to deploy a team to meet with branches in Tshwane today.

It's unclear what will happen to the outgoing mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa.

The SABC reports that there was a shooting outside the venue for today's meeting, following the announcement that Didiza has been chosen to run as mayor for the Tshwane Council.

Didiza previously served as a minister in former President Thabo Mbeki's cabinet and is currently one of the presiding officers in Parliament.

CHALLENGES

Meanwhile, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in Gauteng says no matter who the ANC nominates as mayoral candidates in the province, the party will not be able to clean up its challenges of corruption, poor service delivery and housing problems among other issues

The EFF's provincial chairperson Mandisa Mashego says the ANC has too many challenges that will not be fixed by old or new mayors.

"Nobody trusts the ANC anymore. Whoever becomes the mayoral candidate will have the massive task that we as the EFF have prepared ourselves for of cleaning up after them."

MORE CORRUPTION

Earlier today, the Democratic Alliance (DA) labelled ANC's mayoral candidates for the upcoming local government elections as something that represents more corruption, the deterioration of service delivery for the poor and a higher unemployment rate.

Current Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Mzwandile Masina, is the ANC's mayoral candidate for the City of Ekurhuleni.

Joburg Mayor Parks Tau might keep his job if the people living in the city vote for him.

The DA's Phumzile van Damme said, "The mayoral candidates announced by the ANC late last night are really more of the same. It's more corruption, deterioration of service delivery for the poor and higher unemployment.

"The ANC has proven that it's simply can't bring the change that South Africa needs."

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