Gauteng ANC says anger over Didiza's appointment a thing of the past

The ANC says since then it held internal meetings with branches who have now accepted Didiza.

Gauteng Human Settlements MEC Paul Mashatile has halted evictions in Hammanskraal. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng African National Congress (ANC) chairperson Paul Mashatile says the anger by party members in Tshwane over the appointment of Thoko Didiza as mayoral candidate is now a thing of the past.

Mashatile was speaking on the sidelines of campaigning in Soweto yesterday.

When Didiza was appointed mayoral candidate violence erupted in areas around Tshwane, leaving five people dead, property destroyed and shops looted.

The ANC says since then it held internal meetings with branches who have now accepted Didiza.

Mashatile says the fact that the mayoral candidate can campaign around the capital city proves that these meetings have been successful.

"To just address a rally of more than 5,000 people in Hammanskraal just two days ago, and on Thursday she was in Mamelodi as well. So she's going around."

He says all party members in Tshwane are now focusing on one thing, winning the capital.

DA WILL TAKE US BACK TO APARTHEID

Mashatile says if the Democratic Alliance (DA) is elected into government it would bring back apartheid.

He told congregants that should they vote ANC, the days of holding church services at local schools would be over as his party would provide a site for them to build a church.

Other promises included housing for those that have been waiting for too long.

"I don't want to see this country once again taken by those who oppressed us. We have an opportunity to free ourselves."

VIOLENCE IN WESTERN CAPE

At the same time, the ANC leaders in the Western Cape were called to diffuse tensions in five communities angry about their local government election candidates.

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

The move followed a violent protest by residents of the Barcelona informal settlement on Wednesday night.

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

Some motorists were mugged while stuck in traffic.