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Large police contingent sent to contain Tshwane

2016-06-20 21:37

Johannesburg - A large police contingent is on its way to Tshwane's townships as disgruntled ANC members protest against newly-announced mayoral candidate Thoko Didiza by setting townships and buses alight.

Police spokesperson Captain Tsekiso Mofokeng told News24 they would deploy more public order police to Mamelodi, Atteridgeville and Soshanguve. 

"We have public order police on site in all three areas and we are bringing in more of our members to contain the situation," he said. 

Police spokesperson Constable Tumisang Moloto told News24 Atteridgeville residents have blocked Church Street next to Kalofong Hospital and were burning tyres. 

A source in Atteridgeville told News24 that residents want Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa and not Didiza as their candidate.

City of Tshwane spokesperson Selby Bokaba said earlier that a messenger had been assaulted in Mamelodi and a municipal car had been stripped. 

"We have withdrawn teams on standby. If there's a service interruption, we won't be able to respond in order to safeguard the lives of our personnel and assets."

The ANC on Monday announced that former minister Didiza has been named the party's mayoral candidate for Tshwane.

This is a developing story. More to follow. 

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