Pretoria - The ANC in Tshwane says it is concerned by protests in the region over candidate lists for the upcoming local government elections.
"The African National Congress Greater Tshwane Region is gravely concerned about the recent protests and acts of violence in some areas of Tshwane as a result of unhappiness by some members of the ANC regarding the councillor candidates' selection process," regional secretary Paul Mojapelo said on Friday.
"The process of selecting councillor candidates is clearly set out in our guidelines, and it was followed by the provincial list committee (PLC) and regional list committee (RLC). The National List Committee (NLC) and the National Executive committee (NEC) remain the custodians and final arbiters of these processes."
Mojapelo's statement comes after protests in Mamelodi during which party members blocked Tsamaya road in Mamelodi to express dissatisfaction over the nominated councillor for Ward 23.
Mojapelo appealed to party members to keep in mind that the ANC's process of selecting candidates was a complex and rigorous one. He said the final list of ANC councillor candidates had to address specific requirements, over and above individual's proven track record and capabilities. It had to address requirements and principles such as gender parity, retention of a certain percentage of serving councillors and youth representation, he said.
"While ANC branches could have individually nominated certain comrades for possible candidature, the national structures reserve the right to ensure that such compliance to those principles is eventually arrived at. In instances where members lodged objections, the provincial list committee (PLC) and, in some, the national list committees have dealt with such cases and feedback was sent back to those who objected," he said.
Mojapelo added that cases where members remained dissatisfied with the outcome had to be channelled via political administrative processes within the organisation.
"We strongly condemn all manner of foreign practices and violent behaviour that we have seen raising its head in the recent past within our ranks. We are also mindful of certain elements which are using legitimate concerns of our members to fuel divisions and destruction in our organisation. These external forces are masquerading as ANC members, cause havoc in our communities with the objective of destabilising our communities by undermining and destroying our hard-earned public infrastructure and property," he said.