ANC Youth League backs Didiza

By Drum Digital
23 June 2016

The African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) is officially endorsing Thoko Didiza as mayor of Tshwane despites the recent protests.

By Brenda Sekgota

Spokesperson, Mlondi Mkhize told DRUM yesterday that the residents of Tshwane shouldn’t judge Didiza based on where she comes from, but what she is capable of doing in the province.

“Not everybody in Gauteng can say that they are born and bred in Gauteng, because people are constantly immigrating,” said Mkhize

The African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) says residents of Tshwane need to understand that local government elections are not only about mayors but improving service delivery in municipalities.

“Mayors are not chosen by residents but councilors,” he said Mkhize

He adds that it was outgoing mayor Kgosients ‘Sputla’ Ramokgopa colleagues who felt that Ramokgopa was no longer fit to run as Tshwane Mayor. Ramokgopa’s name was not part of the names that were submitted to the Provincial Executive Council.

“Ramokopa needs to go and speak to his people, because as mayor he knows when the community is burning trucks and looting shops,” Mkhize said.

Mkhize encourages young people in Tshwane, to not be mobilized by people who have their own political agendas. There must act within social and political consciousness, act with morality, burning infrastructure is not the solution.

He said leaders shouldn’t be judged by where they come from, but what they do.

Since Tuesday, residents of Tshwane have been protesting about the announcement of Thoko Didiza running as the ANC Mayoral Candidate of Tshwane. Community members burnt a bus, two trucks in Atteridgeville in effort to barricade some roads in Tshwane such as WF road.

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