Pretoria – Senior ANC members on Tuesday appealed to Tshwane residents to stop behaving like hooligans.
“We told them to behave like (ANC) members and not hooligans. We told them that then they would be listened to,” national executive committee member Aaron Motsoaledi told reporters after a community meeting in Atteridgeville.
He was accompanied by Tshwane Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa and Gauteng ANC chairperson Paul Mashatile. Other ANC leaders went to Hammanskraal and Mamelodi.
Motsoaledi said the party was a “listening organisation”.
”About 33 people spoke and we took all that they said and we will discuss it and we will see them later,” he said.
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Residents in several Tshwane townships began protesting on Monday, following the party’s announcement that Thoko Didiza would be its mayoral candidate for upcoming local government elections. They wanted Ramokgopa to continue leading the capital city.
At least 19 Autopax buses were burnt and shops looted.
Mashatile said they would meet party structures to discuss the nomination and try and find a solution.
Meetings with branch leaders, which could not be held on Sunday, would take place on Wednesday. They would meet ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe later on Tuesday.
Ramokgopa called on members to support Didiza and accept the party’s decision and its processes.
“We must not only respect the decision, but support it enthusiastically. We reiterate what is in fact a singular view, of the regional executive committee, to firmly endorse the name of comrade Thoko Didiza as the mayoral candidate for the city of Tshwane.”
He said no kind of grievance could justify the destruction that had taken place.
“The message was that the torching of buildings, destruction of assets, threatening life and limb, is at variance with what the ANC represents and it can’t be done in the name of any ANC leader, including myself.”