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ANC condemns violence following mayoral candidate announcement

The violence broke out after Thoko Didiza was announced as the ANC’s mayoral candidate for Tshwane.

African National Congress's Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe and her deputy Jessie Duarte during a press briefing where the party was announcing its mayoral candidates for 2016 municipal elections on 18 June 2016. Picture: MyANC official Facebook page.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) has condemned the violence that erupted in Pretoria yesterday , where leaders were briefing the party's structures about the mayoral candidate for Tshwane.

One person was shot and wounded following an altercation between two groups of ANC members.

#ANCTshwane It's believed there was a confrontation between 2 ANC groups. This is where 1 member was shot. CM pic.twitter.com/upgyzsQtB2



The violence broke out after former Public Works Minister Thoko Didiza was announced as the candidate.

A delegation of ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) members and the Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) was meeting with regional structures, to announce their final decision on who will run for mayor, when the meeting was disrupted.

ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa says, "There was an attempt to disrupt the meetings that were held."

Didiza was announced as the mayoral candidate for the capital city, which is believed to have angered some ANC members.

#ANCTshwane this shop was looted earlier allegedly by ANC members who were fighting each other.CM pic.twitter.com/R1j3r21Avw



An ANC member says violence erupted because some people were not allowed to go in.

ANC members then allegedly broke into a shop, ransacking it.

Police are investigating.

OPPOSITION PARTIES HIT OUT AT ANC

Opposition parties have criticised the ANC's mayoral candidates, saying they leave little hope to solving the problems that municipalities are currently faced with.

ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe says the party has elected its finest candidates.

He believes that too many people are pursuing political careers to enrich themselves and has warned those who were not selected as municipal leaders, to accept the decision.

Mantashe says people should pursue politics for the right reasons, adding that candidates should be prepared to serve South Africans.

But the Economic Freedom Fighters' (EFF)'s Gauteng acting chairperson Mandisa Mashego says the municipal problems at ANC-run metros are deep-rooted and will be challenging to fix, no matter who the ANC elects as mayor.

At the same time, the Democratic Alliance (DA) says the ANC's mayoral candidate list is indicative of corruption.

ELECTION VIOLENCE ANALYSIS

The run-up to this election has seen several murders, linked to fights about who will represent the party in KwaZulu-Natal and the North West.

But the fact that this violence has come to the capital itself has been a shock to the ANC.

The ANC will also have to worry now about whether the dispute in Tshwane could make it harder to keep the capital, as Tshwane does appear to be vulnerable and other parties could now make it their priority.

It now also has to step up efforts to find a way to properly manage this kind of tension.

CT ANC COUNCILLOR'S SON KILLED

Meanwhile, No arrests have been made in connection with the killing of an ANC councillor's son in Elsies River, Cape Town.

ANC officials were campaigning in the area at the weekend when the 17-year-old boy was gunned down.

The party's Jabu Mfusi says it doesn't appear as if the incident is politically motivated.

"They were doing door-to-door visits when he was shot in Elsies River. They later learned that the person who was shot is the son of an ANC councillor."

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