Atteridgeville (Supplied to News24)
Pretoria – Government has condemned the outbreak of violence
in certain areas in the City of Tshwane.
Residents took to the streets on Monday and Tuesday after
the African National Congress named former minister Thoko Didiza as the mayoral
candidate for Tshwane.
The protesters are demanding that current mayor Kgosientso
Ramokgopa be the mayoral candidate for the city.
On Tuesday morning, Maunde Street in Attridgeville was
closed with burning tyres and debris.
Government on Tuesday appealed for calm and the peaceful
resolution of differences.
“There can be no issue which cannot be resolved through
democratic processes and dialogue. Members of the public are encouraged to use
channels available to raise their concerns,” Acting Director-General of GCIS,
Donald Liphoko, said.
He said perpetrators will face the full might of the law.
“Violence, damage to property and infringing on others
rights and free movement will not be tolerated by law enforcement agencies.”
Liphoko said while all South Africans had a constitutional
right to protest, government condemned any form of violence and intimidation
and encouraged continued dialogue.
Didiza was seen as a neutral choice over the two ANC
factions in the capital, one supporting Tshwane mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa and
the other favouring his deputy, Mapiti Matsena.
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