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2 killed, 40 arrested during Tshwane violence

2016-06-22 19:45

Pretoria - Two people have been killed and 40 arrested since violence broke out in Tshwane, police said on Wednesday.

"Two of the suspects were shot and killed following looting in Mamelodi," spokesperson Colonel Noxolo Kweza said.

The arrests were made in Atteridgeville, Hercules, Mabopane, Soshanguve, and Mamelodi between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, during protests against the ANC's decision to nominate Thoko Didiza as its mayoral candidate for the metro.

Violence broke out after the party made the announcement on Monday.

Those arrested would face charges of public violence, theft, and possession of stolen property.

Numerous businesses in the city had been looted and damaged, and at least 19 buses were burnt.

"Incidents of protests and looting continued in other areas while the situation is tense in others," Kweza said.

Gauteng provincial commissioner, Lieutenant General Deliwe de Lange said the lawlessness in various parts of Tshwane would not be tolerated.

Those found breaking the law under the pretext of protesting would be arrested. She appealed for calm and said police were protecting residents.

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