PTA Protests: Mayor’s hometown latest hit by violent demonstrations

Earlier violent protests, allegedly by disgruntled ANC members, were reported in Mamelodi and Arcadia.

Residents have blocked entrances to Atteridgeville with burning tyres and rocks. Picture: Solly Msimanga ‏@SollyMsimanga.

JOHANNESBURG - There are reports of fresh protests in Pretoria, allegedly over the African National Congress's (ANC) decision to put forward Thoko Didiza as its mayoral candidate for Tshwane.

The latest flare up is in current Mayor Kgosientsho Ramokgopa's home town, Atteridgeville.

A municipal vehicle and other property were damaged in late afternoon protests in Mamelodi and Arcadia, just hours after senior ANC leaders called for unity.

This follows overnight violence, wherein an ANC member was shot and killed and several others were injured.

This morning, ANC Gauteng chairperson Paul Mashatile called on party members in Tshwane to focus on winning the capital and stand by the former public works minister as mayoral candidate.

Meanwhile, the 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.