Pretoria- Tshwane mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa on Monday distanced himself from the violence that broke out following the announcement that Thoko Didiza would be mayoral candidate in the upcoming local government elections.
“I’m distancing myself from any actions of violence. I would never have authorised such actions and it can’t be done in my name,” he told News24. He is also the ANC's regional chairperson.
“The ANC has pronounced, and as disciplined members of the ANC we must abide by the decisions of the ANC. I had said today in the press conference that I’m fully behind the deployment of comrade Thoko Didiza as a mayoral candidate for the ANC here in Tshwane.”
Ramokgopa was speaking after residents set fire to several buses and blockaded roads in protest against the move to replace him with Didiza after the August 3 polls.
The entrance to Atteridgeville from WF Nkomo road was blocked with burning tyres and rocks.
A source in Atteridgeville said residents wanted Ramokgopa, popularly known as Sputla, to remain mayor.
“They want Sputla as mayor. Church and Acridian Streets are burning,” said the source.
At least 19 buses were set alight and City of Tshwane teams had to be withdrawn from several townships for their safety.
In Hammanskraal and Soshanguve people were stoning buses and cars.
Earlier in the day, three metro police officers were injured when ANC members overturned their car in Arcadia.