Pretoria - Tshwane mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa on Monday
called on ANC members to rally behind his replacement, Thoko Didiza.
"I will be at the forefront of leading the campaign of
the ANC to retain the city and also for comrade Thoko Didiza to ascend to the
leadership,” he told News24 on Monday.
“We are inviting the comrades to be calm and respect the
decisions of the ANC and we must all rally behind the decision."
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Residents on Monday began protesting against the party’s
announcement that Didiza, an ANC national executive committee member, would be
its Tshwane mayoral candidate.
She was seen as a neutral choice over the two ANC factions
in the capital, one supporting Ramokgopa and the other favouring his deputy,
Ramokgopa is also the ANC’s regional chairperson.
Buses were set alight and roads were blockaded in several
areas around Tshwane. The City of Tshwane withdrew its employees from the
areas, fearing for their safety. Police were sent to restore order.
Ramokgopa called on party members to stop the violence and
to respect the ANC’s processes and decisions.
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