Pretoria - An ANC member was shot and killed outside the
Tshwane Events Centre (formerly Pretoria Showgrounds) as the party was set to
announce Thoko Didiza as the mayoral candidate for the city.
"A member of the ANC passed away and several others
were injured. The ANC condemns this behaviour in the strongest terms and will
act decisively where it is proven that any of our members were responsible for
the shooting," deputy secretary general Jessie Duarte told reporters on
"We also call on the law enforcement agencies to act
with no fear of favour to bring the perpetrators to this criminal act to
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The incident occurred on Sunday night ahead of a feedback
session where the party was set to inform members of the nomination of Thoko
Didiza as the mayoral candidate for the city. Violence broke out in the streets
before the leadership could address members.
One individual was shot and a few properties damaged in the
process. Duarte has called on those with information to come forward and assist
police with their investigations.
"We also call on our communities to ensure that if they
know who the perpetrators are, to name them immediately and bring them out so
that we can make sure they are charged for this heinous act. We send our
deepest condolences to the family and friends of our comrade who passed away.
His name will not be made public until we are sure that his next of kin have
been properly notified," she said.
Duarte also called on members to rally behind Didiza and the
decision taken by party leaders. She said those who had grievances should use
appropriate channels to voice their frustrations.
"The robust nature of our process provides an
opportunity for members of our organisation to voice their displeasure.
Ultimately, it is incumbent on all our members to close ranks, support and
rally behind comrade Thoko Didiza and all councillor candidates as they lead us
to a decisive and overwhelming victory of the ANC on the 3rd of August 2016,”
Gauteng ANC chairperson Paul Mashatile called on members to
accept the decision and to support Didiza. He also condemned the violence.
"The ANC condemns any form of violence. We call for
calm amongst our members and let make sure there is peace in the area and
campaign without any violence," he said.
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