ANC digs deep to establish if members are behind PTA protests

The violence follows the announcement at Luthuli House that Thoko Didiza is Tshwane’s mayoral candidate.

A City of Tshwane vehicle was damaged during protests in Mamelodi, allegedly over the announcement of Thoko Didiza as the Tshwane Mayoral Candidate. Picture: Barry Bateman/ EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) in Tshwane says it's talking to its members in both Mamelodi and Arcadia, to establish if they are behind demonstrations in the communities and exactly what the protests are about.

A group of people have overturned a Tshwane Metro Police car in Arcadia, while others are demonstrating in Mamelodi.

The violence follows the announcement at Luthuli House earlier today, that Thoko Didiza is Tshwane's mayoral candidate.

One person was shot and killed and several others were wounded in violent clashes between factions outside an ANC meeting at the Tshwane events centre last night.

The party's regional spokesperson in Tshwane, Tebogo Joala says they have been told the people protesting in Mamelodi are wearing ANC t-shirts.

"The incident was quite regrettable because the people who did that were wearing ANC t-shirts. We are still trying to establish if indeed they were members of the ANC in the first instance. We know that there were people demonstrating in Mamelodi singing and protesting."

The white car with Tshwane municipality branding on its doors had its windows smashed and wing mirrors broken off.

It's understood the driver fled the scene when the vehicle was surrounded by a group of people, allegedly wearing ANC t-shirts.

In Arcadia, a metro police officer fled for his life when a group flipped his vehicle on to its roof.