South Africans might not be clear who in the ANC is winning the battle, but there is little doubt that it is the people of the country who are losing, writes Howard Feldman.
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Atteridgeville residents angry with the naming of Thoko Didiza as the ANC's Tshwane mayoral candidate have vowed not to vote unless current mayor Kgosientso "Sputla" Ramokgopa continues in the role.
IN SUMMARY: Protests that began on Monday evening over the announcement of Thoko Didiza as the ANC’s Tshwane mayoral candidate continued throughout Tuesday. The situation became so volatile that by the end of the working day, commuters were left stranded as buses and taxis lessened their services in fear of violence.
Earlier claims that government would deploy the army to affected townships were later denied by Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula. "The situation is assessed on a daily basis and depending on the outcome of that assessment we will make a choice on whether to deploy the SANDF or not. They [the army] are a last line. We have the police deployed across the country," she said at a press briefing in Pretoria.
Several areas emerged as flashpoints of violence, in a backlash against the announcement of Didiza as the ANC’s mayoral candidate. The townships of Attridgeville and Soshanguve in Tshwane were widely considered to be no-go area as residents took to the streets to protest, blockading roads in the process.
A group of protesters used live ammunition while trying to break into a shopping mall in Mamelodi on Tuesday, police said.
Someone shot at the padlock at the locked entrance to the mall, Colonel Noxolo Kweza said.By Tuesday evening it seemed as if the situation had calmed down though there were still reports of looting and buses being burnt in areas such as Mamelodi.
#TshwaneUnrest Motorists in affected Mamelodi areas either having to turn back or attempt to negotiate themselves through barricaded roads.— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) June 21, 2016
#TshwaneUnrest Motorists in affected Mamelodi areas either having to turn back or attempt to negotiate themselves through barricaded roads.
Everyone is affected. And businesses closed early in Hatfield. #TshwaneUnrest pic.twitter.com/vFzMnk9OMu— Xolani Mbanjwa (@mbanjwax) June 21, 2016
Everyone is affected. And businesses closed early in Hatfield. #TshwaneUnrest pic.twitter.com/vFzMnk9OMu
#sapsGP #Mamelodi #SAPS & POP Unit dispersed protesting crowd - on their way to the mall. Police are monitoring the area. #TshwaneUnrest ME— SA Police Service (@SAPoliceService) June 21, 2016
#sapsGP #Mamelodi #SAPS & POP Unit dispersed protesting crowd - on their way to the mall. Police are monitoring the area. #TshwaneUnrest ME
@ewnrepoter @eNCA shops being looted outside my house,pendomonium violence looting across the street mamelodi east no police in sight— Bossmajor (@NdimaVusi) June 21, 2016
@ewnrepoter @eNCA shops being looted outside my house,pendomonium violence looting across the street mamelodi east no police in sight
JUST IN: Protests have begun flaring up again in Mamelodi. Cars aren't being allowed in, witnesses say.
Are you there? Send us your eyewitness accounts and pictures
Current situation mamelodi no car allowed in pic.twitter.com/e5KQGcx87S— Machupe Thobejane ? (@chupeloops) June 21, 2016
Current situation mamelodi no car allowed in pic.twitter.com/e5KQGcx87S
@Powerfm987 @POWER987News travelled on the N1 from pta 2 hammanskraal. I can confirm that the N1 is open on both sides with no interuptions— kgomotso kgafela (@kgafi) June 21, 2016
@Powerfm987 @POWER987News travelled on the N1 from pta 2 hammanskraal. I can confirm that the N1 is open on both sides with no interuptions
And that's the briefing done. In essence, the army won't be sent into Tshwane just yet but government will keep monitoring the situation. As expected, the violence has also been condemned.
Security Minister David Mahlobo urged the media to be careful in it's reporting and not sensationalise.
State Security Minister David Mahlobo urges media to look at their role - do you publish information that could destroy the country or speak to law enforcement authorities?
Mahlobo believes media should speak to authorities.
Police speak to Julius Malema after he had tried to visit Sethokga Hostel in Tembisa. A group of men armed with sjamboks, knobkerries, pointed sticks and golf
clubs began confronting EFF members and the media during a visit.
This would have been worse had our intelligence services not picked up on this matter and we have National Intelligence and Crime Intelligence are watching the situation very closely. - Mahlobo
Now Gauteng Premier David Makhura is speaking - When there is destruction of property of the scale that started last night we must take a stern stance. It is the responsibility of the state to protect the citizens and that is what we are here to do. It doesn't matter which party was involved. We will act and act firmly.
MN answers reporter: The situation is assessed on a daily basis and depending on the outcome of that assessment we will make a choice on whether to deploy the SANDF or not.
They [the army] are a last line. We have the police deployed across the country, she says. We are not picking up the pieces of an ANC problem. We are making sure that South Africans feel safe all the time. You know we are from the ANC but for now look at us as Ministers.
Defence Minister says: We call on all people not allow themselves to be mislead by misinfomation on social media intended to cause confusion and panic, defence minister says.
We will make official announcements as and when they are necessary. Damage to property and infrastucture and infringing on the free movement of others will not be tolerated by law enforcement agencies. We addressed the people in Mamelodi and they were excited...it would appear we only have a small group of hooligans who are destroying property... Government has increased visible policing and monitoring of hotspots will continue.
Criminal matters arising out of this will be prioritized. Approximately 20 cases are under investigation and some arrests have been made.
Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula is joined by David Makhura and David Mahlobo. Senior police and defence officials are also at the briefing
At least the kids are done with their exams, I just got an SMS from my son's school in Arcadia saying they must stay home #Tshwaneunrest— Buhle Dlepu (@buhledlepu) June 21, 2016
At least the kids are done with their exams, I just got an SMS from my son's school in Arcadia saying they must stay home #Tshwaneunrest
The current violence in
parts of Tshwane cannot be good for SA's image, especially in the six months
which are so crucial to ratings agencies, says a business leader.
"The current violence cannot be good for the business community or the
general morale of individuals and the community at large," he said.
"What the result of the violence will be, is a million dollar question.
We must remember how the outside world will view SA because of the
violence" Dr Ernest Messina, CEO of business chamber AHi, told Fin24 on Tuesday.
Ramokgopa has concluded his speech. Residents seems resolute in their desire for "Sputla" to continue as ANC Tshwane mayoral candidate, despite his pleas for them to "accept party decisions."
A lot of community members praising Ramokgopa for bettering the quality of their lives.
But Ramokgopa says ANC supporters need to accept decisions made within party structures.
Meanwhile, back in the community hall:
Ramokgopa: We will only achieve if ANC is in charge.
Crowd: No, no, no.
Meanwhile, the army is believed to be on stand-by to intervene in
violence-hit townships in and around Pretoria, Netwerk24 reported on Tuesday.
A meeting was underway on Tuesday afternoon at the National Joint
Operational and Intelligence Structure (Natjoints) to discuss the possibility.
A source with first-hand knowledge of the talks said a special unit was on
standby to assist the police, but a final decision has not yet been made.
Ramokgopa asked the community to please accept Didiza as ANC's candidate, this was their response #TshwaneUnrest pic.twitter.com/yvoESgBY3t— Abigail Javier (@AbigailJavier_) June 21, 2016
Ramokgopa asked the community to please accept Didiza as ANC's candidate, this was their response #TshwaneUnrest pic.twitter.com/yvoESgBY3t
Ramakgopa explains the list process to residents and how Didiza was elected. Hall erupts in dissent. #TshwaneUnrest pic.twitter.com/22cg63dA3A— Pontsho Pilane (@Pontsho_Pilane) June 21, 2016
Ramakgopa explains the list process to residents and how Didiza was elected. Hall erupts in dissent. #TshwaneUnrest pic.twitter.com/22cg63dA3A
RT @polokotau: #TshwaneUnrest Mayor Ramokgopa now addressing Atteridgeville community pic.twitter.com/gdfETfEXmo— City Press Online (@City_Press) June 21, 2016
RT @polokotau: #TshwaneUnrest Mayor Ramokgopa now addressing Atteridgeville community pic.twitter.com/gdfETfEXmo
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