ANC WC leaders to extinguish flames over election candidate tension

Khayelitsha and Gugulethu residents have rejected candidates vying to be councillors.

FILE: Two Golden Arrow buses were torched as residents took to the streets over the ANC’s candidate election list in Cape Town on 29 June 2016. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - African National Congress (ANC) leaders in the Western Cape will focus on diffusing tensions in five communities angry about their local government election candidates.

Members of the Provincial Executive Committee will attempt to extinguish the flames of community unrest in Khayelitsha and Gugulethu, where residents have rejected the candidates vying to be councillors.

The move follows a violent protest by residents of the Barcelona informal settlement last night.

They blockaded the N2 highway, stoned cars and set two buses alight.

Some motorists were mugged while stuck in traffic.

ANC spokesperson Yonela Diko has condemned the violence and has blamed it on thugs and hooligans.

"There is an attempt to jump into this bandwagon (sic) by certain elements so that they can hide criminal activities."

He says the candidate selection process has been largely successful, except for allegations of irregularities in the five "flashpoints."

"It sometimes becomes an administrative issue… sometimes someone actually did something wrong, which we are looking at. So these particular flashpoints have different reasons that we are looking at, and different options in terms of rectifying problems."

Diko says ANC members must be reminded that there are no guarantees when contesting positions.

"Let there be no sense from people that somehow there is a sense of entitlement to lead."