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ANC set to 'unveil' Tshwane mayoral candidate

2016-06-20 09:59
(Lizeka Tandwa, News24)

Pretoria – The African National Congress will on Monday brief media on the outcomes of engagements regarding the mayoral candidate for the City of Tshwane.

The party is expected to unveil its mayoral candidate for the area at the 10:00 briefing.

The ANC on Saturday announced its list of mayors for the upcoming local government elections, but no candidate was named for Tshwane. ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe said at the time that the ANC NEC rejected candidates from Tshwane during the finalisation of its mayoral candidates.

Speculation has been rife that the party would be fielding Parliament presiding officer Thoko Didiza as the candidate for the area.

Mantashe told the media on Saturday that two names had been taken back to Tshwane.

“We pulled out the third one. We said no, we can't take this thing. Branches will be engaged and the Regional Executive Committee (REC) will be engaged so that everybody must support the name that is put forward,” he said.

Mantashe said the Tshwane region submitted its list of three candidates to the province but the provincial executive committee was dissatisfied with the choices.

On Sunday, violence broke out near the venue where the ANC was set to hold a briefing session regarding the mayoral candidate for the metro.

- Read more: Violence outside venue where ANC was to brief structures on mayoral candidate

The ANC was scheduled to have engagements with party structures to elect a mayoral candidate for Tshwane.

One person was shot and seriously injured in what some believe was faction-related violence.

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