Cyril Ramaphosa visits Tshwane to woo voters

Tshwane saw violent scenes last month when Thoko Didiza was announced as mayoral candidates.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa campaigns in Tshwane in the hope of winning the hearts and minds of voters. Picture: Clement Manyathela/ EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa today campaigned in Tshwane in the hope of winning the hearts and minds of voters following violence a few weeks ago over the party's mayoral candidate.

Ramaphosa and other senior leaders of the African National Congress (ANC) were on the ground convincing people to vote for the party next month.



Tshwane saw violent scenes last month when Thoko Didiza was announced as mayoral candidate, with residents from Atteridgeville threatening not to vote for the ANC if the party doesn't retain Kgosientso Ramokgopa.

To calm tensions, the Gauteng ANC roped in the party's two most senior leaders to the area in just two weeks.

Last week, President Jacob Zuma was also campaigning.

Gauteng head of elections, Gwen Ramokgopa, says bringing these senior leaders is helping.

"We're quite excited. Our campaign is peaking."

She says the monitoring system the party has put in place shows its support is peaking in the hotly-contested Metro.