SACP launches task team to investigate Tshwane violence

2016-06-21 16:54

Johannesburg - The South African Communist Party in Gauteng on Tuesday launched a task team to investigate any involvement of SACP and Young Communist League members in acts of criminality in Tshwane. 

"We strongly condemn the acts of sheer criminality, violence and destruction. We believe that these acts are clearly planned, co-ordinated and financially sponsored," a statement read. 

The party said it dismissed with contempt any insinuations and ill-informed assertions that this renewed wave of violence constituted acts of spontaneity from the masses. 

It said the task team had commenced with its work, with immediate effect, and would report on their findings to the Provincial Working Committee on Friday. 

Thoko Didiza was named as the mayoral candidate for Tshwane by the ANC on Monday.

The SACP said the decision laid a solid ground to unite all members of the ANC-led alliance in the region.

"We believe Thoko Didiza will work within a collective, she however brings with her a massive wealth of experience, maturity and capacity to unite all the motive forces of the National Democratic Revolution (NDR) in the region."

After Didiza was named mayoral candidate, residents of the township of Atteridgeville in Tshwane took to the streets.

Protesters burnt buses and blocked roads on Monday and Tuesday, calling for Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa to stay on.

"With these renewed acts of violence, we hope prompt, swift, and decisive action will be taken against the instigators without fear or favour, nor, a factional consideration," the SACP said, adding that, should any of their members be found to be involved in any criminal acts, they would be dealt with "decisively". 

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