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'Our Thoko is coming' - supporters sing as Didiza hits campaign trail

2016-06-24 10:39
(Jeff Wicks, News24)

Pretoria – The ANC's Tshwane mayoral candidate, Thoko Didiza, hit the ground running on Friday.

- Elections Map: Previous Tshwane results

Didiza was in central Pretoria, where she was met by jubilant supporters who sang "Uyeza uThoko uyeza, uyeza uThoko warona" [Thoko is coming, our Thoko is coming] as she walked through the minibus taxi rank.

She was accompanied by ANC top brass, including Gauteng Premier David Makhura and outgoing mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa.

Didiza told News24 on Friday that they were hitting the streets as activists of the ANC.

"We are going ahead with our campaigns. We are communicating with commuters, the citizens of the city as they go to work about what the ANC will do in the city after we win the elections," said Didiza.

She said the campaigning was ANC work and that the strong contingent of police present on Friday during the walkabout were a support system for the premier and the mayor.

Makhura said a lot of work had gone into ensuring that the situation calms down.

He said the only area where there was still some looting was Mabopane, and they would be focusing on restoring calm there too.

"We will be doing extensive campaign work in the whole of Tshwane. You can see that the people are quite keen to interact with us, saying to us they will continue to support the ANC," he said.

The campaign blitz comes after days of violent protests and looting that have spread through Tshwane this week, following the announcement of Didiza's candidacy.

Five people died and scores were arrested during the protests.

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