More clashes break out after the ANC announces its Tshwane candidate

Protesters in Mamelodi are burning tyres and have damaged a vehicle belonging to the City of Tshwane.

The official nomination of Thoko Didiza as ANC’s Tshwane Mayoral candidate has sparked clashes in Pretoria this afternoon. Picture: Jonisayi Maromo/ANA.

JOHANNESBURG - There are reports that the official nomination of Thoko Didiza as mayoral candidate in Tshwane have sparked clashes in Mamelodi this afternoon.

Eyewitnesses say protesters are burning tyres and have damaged a vehicle belonging to the City of Tshwane.

A woman who drove past the area described the scene.

"People have just stripped a City of Tshwane vehicle, they are burning tyres right at the entrance at the municipal office."

The protests follow overnight violence in the capital, in which an African National Congress (ANC) member was shot and killed and several others were injured.

At the same time, a group of disgruntled ANC members have overturned a Tshwane Metro Police car in Arcadia while others are reportedly demonstrating in Mamelodi.

ANC branch leaders were scheduled to host a press conference in Arcadia, to voice their concerns over Didiza's nomination as the mayoral candidate.

Instead, a group of supporters flipped a metro police car onto its roof on the busy Francis Baard Street.

The scene has since been cleared.

Furthermore, ANC Gauteng chairperson Paul Mashatile has called on party members in Tshwane to focus on winning the capital and stand by Didiza as mayoral candidate.

Mashatile says the announcement of Didiza as mayoral candidate must end the violence between supporters of Kgosientso Ramokgopa and Mapiti Matsena.

"We call for calm amongst our members. Let's make sure there is peace in the area."

He says the focus now should be on uniting the region.

"We have now closed the issue of candidates, we have closed the issue of mayors - wed must now focus on winning the city."