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Mapisa-Nqakula won't comment on ANC battle for Tshwane

2016-06-21 17:25
Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula. Picture: Deaan Vivier

Pretoria - "Anything to do with the ANC can be directed to Luthuli House," Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said on Tuesday, after a spate of violence in Tshwane this week.  

The outbreak of riots and unrest is understood to be linked to the announcement of Thoko Didiza as the ANC’s mayoral candidate for Tshwane.

Mapisa-Nqakula said that focus was now on the security of the nation, and was unwilling to venture into party politics.

"As we sit here, we are ministers responsible for the security of the country," she said.  

The townships of Attridgeville and Soshanguve in Tshwane were widely considered to be no-go areas as residents took to the streets to protest, with roads being blockaded.

Several reports of looting were also reported in Attridgeville and Mamelodi.

"Criminal matters arising out of this will be prioritised. Approximately 20 cases are under investigation and some arrests have been made. We invite anyone with information [on those who have broken the law] to come forward so we can act with speed," she said.

"We have noted the criminal elements who have taken advantage of this situation. No public area shall be turned into a no-go zone," she said. 

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