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We must rally behind Didiza - Ramokgopa

2016-06-21 07:31
(Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

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."

- Find out how the ANC fared in previous local government elections in Tshwane

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, Mapiti Matsena.

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.

- Find everything you need to know about the 2016 Local Government Elections at our News24 Elections site, including the latest news and detailed, interactive maps for how South Africa has voted over the past 3 elections, or download the app for iOS and Android.

Read more on: anc  |  thoko didiza  |  kgosientso ramokgopa  |  pretoria  |  local elections 2016  |  politics

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