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Hammanskraal learners taken out of school due to Tshwane violence

2016-06-21 15:52
FILE: What remains of Daniel Mulaudzi's shack. (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

Tshwane - Parents in Hammanskraal had to fetch their children from schools early on Tuesday after violence erupted following the Tshwane mayoral candidate announcement, the department of education said.

"As far as I know, parents from Hammanskraal had to go fetch their children at school, because they feared for their lives," district director for Tshwane North Shirley Molobi said.

Molobi said she received phone calls from various principals who said their learners had been threatened.

"Some learners from Stinkwater had to leave the schools early, because the community were threatened by [people in] a van that was driving around," she said.

Residents of the township of Atteridgeville in Tshwane have taken to the streets following the ANC's nomination of Thoko Didiza as a mayoral candidate on Monday.

Protesters burned buses and blocked roads on Monday and Tuesday, calling for Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa to stay on. This after the ANC decided to make Thoko Didiza the party's mayoral candidate for Tshwane.

At least ten buses were set alight on Monday night and City of Tshwane work teams had to be withdrawn from the area for their safety.

Earlier on Tuesday, a truck and a bus were set alight with regular explosions heard all over the area as the tyres and petrol tanks exploded.

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