ANC: Thoko Didiza’s record speaks for itself

The former public works minister has officially been named the ANC’s mayoral candidate for Tshwane.

FILE: Thoko Didiza. Picture: YouTube screengrab.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) says former Public Works Minister Thoko Didiza's record speaks for itself, and announcing her as its mayoral candidate in Tshwane is a calculated move.

Didiza was officially named as the ruling party's candidate at Luthuli House earlier today, following violent clashes in Pretoria last night, in which an ANC member was shot and killed, and several others wounded.

LISTEN: _Didiza announced as ANC's Tshwane mayoral candidate. _

ANC Deputy Secretary-General Jessie Duarte says the minister has the experience needed to take over the reigns in Tshwane.

"She has served in various portfolios, including as minister of public works, minister of agriculture, so she is a candidate with extremely deep levels of experience in governance."

Duarte has called on party members to respect Didiza's candidacy saying there was agreement among the party's highest decision making body.

"It is incumbent on all our members to close ranks and rally behind comrade Thoko Didiza."

She says all members must now focus on campaigning and ensuring an overwhelming victory for the party, come August.