Tshwane residents reject Ramokgopa's plea to accept Didiza

Residents have protested against the selection of Thoko Didiza as the ANC mayoral candidate for Tshwane.

Tshwane Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa addresses the community after violent protests. Picture: Clement Manyathela/EWN.

TSHWANE/MAMELODI/ATTERIDGEVILLE - Atteridgeville residents have rejected Tshwane Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa's explanation as to why Thoko Didiza has been chosen as the mayoral candidate.

Residents are protesting against the decision to select Thoko Didiza as Tshwane's mayoral candidate.

GALLERY: Fiery protests engulf Atteridgeville overnight.

Ramokgopa addressed angry residents at a community hall on Tuesday afternoon to clarify the selection process of candidates.

The mayor's address comes after hours of violent protests in the city, with protesters refusing that Ramokgopa be removed.

Kalafong residents have made it clear that they will not accept Didiza as the Tshwane mayoral candidate, despite Ramokgopa's plea to do so.

Ramokgopa asked that the residents do not resort to violence and that they should rather discuss the ANC's decision.

This was strongly rejected by the community who chanted: "No Sputla, no vote".

It has been confirmed that the mayor and his delegation will now proceed to other affected areas.

The Tshwane mayor says ANC leaders will meet with branch leaders from tomorrow morning to find a way forward.


Residents of Kalafong have given the ruling party an ultimatum to respond to their demands in three days.

They also vowed not to vote for the ANC if the party doesn't reverse its decision.

The ANC has been ordered by residents of Atteridgeville to keep Ramokgopa as mayor of Tshwane.

A resident says the party's leadership must return to them with a satisfactory answer in three days.

"We are waiting for the answers and we have given them three days."

Senior ANC leaders say they will now move to other areas after Atteridgeville residents rejected their explanation as to why Didiza has been chosen as the party's Tshwane candidate.

Furthermore, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says when he spoke to community members in Atteridgeville this afternoon they told him they were ANC members.

Several officials have claimed today's violence has been caused by thugs and not people who actually belonged to the ruling party.

He says he's told community members to stop acting violently.

"One of them said we are members of the ANC and we are not hooligans and I said to them 'if you want ANC to lead you then don't act like hooligans'."


In Mamelodi east, a group of protesters have been looting shops along Tsamaya Road close to where 19 buses were torched last night.

Meanwhile, reports say shops have also closed in Mabopane due to fears of looting.

#tswaneunrest Residents sing and dance near main road as they demand mayor come see them.

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The Justice, Crime Prevention and Security Cluster led by Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula is set to announce government's response to the violence this afternoon.


Meanwhile, the ANC says members and supporters of the ruling party should stop supporting individuals but rather keep the interests of the entire party and the people of South Africa at heart.

LISTEN: Callers express their frustrations in #TshwaneUnrest.

The party's Zizi Kodwa says the people there should stop using the ANC as an excuse to vandalise property.

"The people who are no longer loyal to the ANC, because if you are loyal to the ANC you won't care who leads it, you won't destroy property and vandalise buses all in the name of the ANC."

The ruling party has also claimed today that the people involved in the violence are not ANC members.