Johannesburg - The ANC felt a lot of pressure from people in
various areas of the country about its selection of candidates for this year’s local
government elections, a City of Johannesburg official said on Wednesday.
The ANC’s national executive spent several days on candidate
names and were very unhappy with some of them, mayoral committee member for
urban management Ros Greeff said.
This was the reason they chose Thoko Didiza - someone they
perceived to be neutral - as mayoral candidate for Tshwane for the August 3 elections,
Greeff was speaking at a discussion between four political
parties on their plans for Johannesburg after the elections. The event was
hosted by the Jewish Board of Deputies.
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Last week, residents in various parts of Tshwane began
protesting, looting and destroying property, apparently in protest against the
ANC’s nomination of Didiza. Five people were killed and scores arrested.
The EFF declined to attend the event without giving a
Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota said the reasons why people
resorted to burning public property needed to be understood, otherwise such
acts would continue indefinitely.
ACDP MP Steven Swart said the best-run municipality would be
a coalition with the DA.
He was furious about the heavy security at the entrance to
the Jewish community centre, in Raedene, where the event was held, saying it
was like a prison.
Swart said people of faith were needed to move the country
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