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Violence outside venue where ANC was to brief structures on mayoral candidate

2016-06-19 18:39
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Pretoria - Violence broke out near the Tshwane Showground on Sunday where the ANC was set to hold a briefing session regarding the mayoral candidate for the metro.

A shop owner near the show grounds on Sunday evening said they heard a gun shot and then all hell broke loose.

"A group rushed to the back of the shop and started breaking down the door. One guy who was part of the group had an axe and ransacked the shop before leaving," said the owner, who asked not to be named.

"Police came in and the people left. They were shaking the locked gate trying to get in. Luckily those inside were not hurt," he added.

The shop owner added that he thought one person was shot twice during the commotion, but it was not yet clear if the victim was an ANC member.

The ANC was scheduled to have engagements with party structures to elect a mayoral candidate for Tshwane. The party announced mayoral candidates for all the other Metros on Saturday, but Tshwane was left out with engagements planned for Sunday.

It was indicated on Sunday morning by party insiders that the ANC had decided to rope in former public works minister Thoko Didiza to contest the elections.

Tshwane mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa's spokesperson, Blessing Manale, said the National Executive Committee members, the PEC and the Regional Executive Committee had their meeting at the Centurion constituency office and not the show grounds.

"The shooting  took place at Tshwane Event Centre before the arrival of the leadership to give the outcome the final candidates decision. One person was injured and taken to hospital and the metro police and SAPS are on site and no arrests have been made," he said.

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