ANC urges Tshwane members to accept Thoko Didiza, calls for calm

One man has died, cars, buses and buildings have been torched in unrest around Tshwane since yesterday.

Residents have burnt tyres and blockaded Maunde Road in Atteridgeville. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - As protests intensify across Tshwane, the African National Congress (ANC) has urged its members to accept the decision to appoint Thoko Didiza as the party's mayoral candidate for the municipality, and appealed for calm

Cars, buses and buildings have been torched in Mamelodi and Atteridgeville, while reports have emerged on unrest in Soshanguve, north of Pretoria.

The violence is allegedly linked to unhappiness within the ruling party's branches over Didiza's candidacy.

Situation in #Mamelodi at Stanza Bopape Clinic - anyone nearby? #TshwaneUnrestvia @Kgomotsso

#TshwaneUnrest The regional ANC's spokesperson Tebogo Joala says ANC leaders will meet with members tomorrow to discuss today's protests. TM

The party's Zizi Kodwa says if genuine ANC members have concerns, they know how to raise them within the party structures.

"What is important is that members of the organisation must understand that the decision has been taken, and I think they must accept that decision."

Tshwane Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa says he fully supports and endorses Didiza's mayoral candidacy.

"I really want to call for calm [and] call for people not to disrupt other people's lives. Let's allow this election to unfold in a free and fair manner."

Ramokgopa distanced himself from people or group who use his name to commit acts of violence.