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Police vow to curb Tshwane violence tonight

Two people were killed last night and at least 40 others arrested during looting and violence.

FILE: Members of Saps check their weapons amidst protests in Atteridgeville. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The police have been deployed in their numbers in and around Tshwane, to make sure violence does not flare up this evening.

Two people were killed last night and at least 40 others arrested during looting and violence.

WATCH: Sporadic looting in Tshwane violent protests

Yesterday, Gauteng African National Congress (ANC) leaders met with residents in Atteridgeville, Mamelodi and Hammanskraal, raising their concerns about the ANC's decision to select Thoko Didiza as Tshwane's mayoral candidate.

As night falls in Mabopane, police say calm appears to have returned but they will maintain a strong presence in the area.

Most residents have agreed to suspend protests until they receive feedback on a meeting between Gauteng leaders and Secretary General Gwede Mantashe.

The meeting that was scheduled between Gauteng ANC and Tshwane branch leaders today was postponed, but no reasons were given for this.

Tomorrow, the ANC in Gauteng is expected to announce its mayoral candidates.

'THE PUBLIC MUST SUPPORT WOMEN POWER'

The ANC Women's League has condemned what it calls tribalism in South Africa and a misconception that women appointed to higher positions, slept their way to the top.

The league's Bathabile Dlamini says one of the reasons residents of Tshwane are not happy with their new mayoral candidate is because she's a woman.

"Some of the placards that we have read, they are about comrade Thoko going to bed."

Dlamini says Didiza is as competent as the outgoing mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa.

LISTEN: 'The leadership failed Tshwane'

The ANC has called on all citizens to support women in all sectors who are appointed to lead.

The women's league has also come out in full support of Didiza.

SANEF CONDEMNS ATTACKS ON JOURNALISTS

At the same time, the South African National Editors Forum (Sanef) says protesting Tshwane residents should not be attacking journalists, whom it says are messengers, as they are only there to portray what is happening.

There have been several reports of journalists being intimidated and robbed while covering the protests in Tshwane.

Sanef chairperson Mpumelelo Mkhabela has called on community members to protect members of the media.

"They should be allowed to work freely; it's the Constitutional right and obligation to do so without any interruption. We would like to urge not only protesters, but ordinary South Africans who are law abiding [citizens] to protect journalists. In addition, we would like to urge the police to help journalists."