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Tshwane residents return to the streets

2016-06-21 06:17

Pretoria- Residents of Tshwane townships have returned to the streets to continue protesting as they demand Kgosientso Ramokgopa be the mayoral candidate for the city.

Maunde Street in Attridgeville has been closed with burning tyres and debris. Residents have chased away journalists saying they don't want media in the area.

A small group approached journalists' cars with rocks in hand and told them to leave the area.

"For your own safety it will be better to leave," one said.

The Darspoort tunnel in Pretoria West is also closed due to Protest action. Information coming out of Hammanskraal also indicates that the N1 has been blocked by protesters.

A police officer in the area says all lanes at Phumulani Toll Plaza North have been closed. Protesters have also apparently burned cars on the N1.

Residents have been protesting since Monday when the ANC announced that Thoko Didiza would be the mayoral candidate in the city.

Party members and residents were not happy with that and demanded Ramokgopa stand for another term.

"No Sputla no vote," residents of Attridgeville said.

Government has condemned in the strongest terms the outbreak of violence and destruction of property which has occurred in areas in the City of Tshwane, and appealed for calm in all areas around the City of Tshwane and the peaceful resolution of differences.

Acting Director-General of GCIS, Donald Liphoko said: “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."

He added that violence, damage to property and infringing on others rights and free movement will not be tolerated by law enforcement agencies. Perpetrators would face the full might of the law.

“Whilst all South Africans have the constitutional right to protest, government reiterates its condemnation against any form of violence and intimidation during protests and encourages continued dialogue to resolve differences,” said Liphoko.

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