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Atteridgeville on lockdown

2016-06-21 08:15
(Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

Pretoria - The township of Atteridgeville in Tshwane is on lockdown as residents take to the streets to protest.

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A truck and a bus have been set alight with regular explosions heard all over the area as the tyres and petrol tanks of the vehicles go off.

Residents and workers have expressed frustrations over the protest.

"I didn't go to work. They have blocked all the roads in the township. I tried to explain to them that I'm a resident of Atteridgeville but they picked up rocks and wanted to stone my car. I had to turn back and drive away. It's really bad," said one man.

Another man said he had been stuck on the side of the road and couldn't fetch his workers due to the protest.

ANC members are protesting in various townships in Tshwane to force the party to change its decision to name Thoko Didiza as its mayoral candidate and push aside Kgosientso Ramokgopa.

At least ten buses were set alight on Monday night and City of Tshwane teams had to be withdrawn from the areas for their safety. Protests continued on Tuesday morning.

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