In the midst of the controversy surrounding her announcement as ANC’s Tshwane Metro mayoral candidate, Thoko Didiza maintains the party will emerge victorious.
Didiza says she is confident that the party will win the municipality during the upcoming August 3 local government elections.
Following the nomination of nomination of Didiza as Tshwane’s mayoral candidate, a wave of violent protests swept through the city. The protests were allegedly launched by party members supporting the incumbent mayor Kgosientsho Ramokgopa.
The reason behind the violent protests were linked to utterances by residents that a Zulu person from KwaZulu-Natal cannot be brought in to rule them.
“The ANC cannot bring a Zulu person to rule Pedi, Tsongas, Shangaans and Vendas,” a taxi driver lamented. “What does she know about Pretoria? Where was she born in Pretoria? She must go back to KZN.”
Tshwane Metro mayoral candidate, Didiza accompanied President Zuma to Hammanskraal and Wintervelt on a campaign.
“I’m here as a cadre of the ANC. I live in Tshwane and I have no fears that we will be able to win Tshwane as the ANC,” says Didiza.
Together with other senior ANC provincial and regional leadership members, they visited the area to beef up support for the ruling party. This is to ensure victory ahead of the 2016 local government elections.
One of the protest-hit areas following Didiza’s candidacy was Atteridgeville. However, upon her arrival at the place, Didiza was welcomed with handshakes and hugs by community members.
Amid cheers, President Zuma called on community members to go out in their numbers on August 3rd to vote for the ANC. They must do this to ensure that the ruling party remains in control of the capital city.