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ANC to officially announce mayoral candidate for Tshwane

It’s believed some party members were not happy with the announcement Thoko Didiza would be the candidate.

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

PRETORIA - The African National Congress (ANC) will officially announce its mayoral candidate for Tshwane this morning after violence erupted last night, leaving one person shot and wounded.

It's believed some party members were not happy with the announcement that the ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) and Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) that former Public Works Minister Thoko Didiza would be the candidate.

On Saturday, ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe announced mayoral candidates, but left out Tshwane saying the party was not convinced about the list of names submitted by branches.

Police have cordoned off an area where one person was shot and wounded during the confrontation and there are still blood stains on the ground.

Nearby, a foreign-owned shop which was looted remains closed for now.

Police say the investigations are still under way to verify whether the person who was shot is an ANC member.

ANC members, who spoke to Eyewitness News said the violence started when NEC members told regional structures that they have decide Didiza should run for mayor in the capital city.

Meanwhile, the ANC has condemned the violence that erupted in Pretoria yesterday.

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

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.

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.

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