The tension that engulfed Tshwane municipality since the ruling African National Congress announced its local government mayoral candidate list, is said to be getting out of control and fast reaching other provinces like the Northern Cape.
This was revealed by the ANC in the Northern Cape which said there have been a few bumps in its candidate selection process.
The ruling ANC on Sunday June 19th, made the announcement of its mayoral candidate list for the 2016 local elections after hours of rigorous deliberation by its National Executive Committee in Tshwane on Saturday evening.
However, chaos sparked off within the party reaching to the streets when the party chose Thoko Didiza to replace the current mayor Kgosientsho Ramokgopa who was chosen by the people.
However, information from Northern Cape has it that some disgruntled ANC members in the province are not convinced with the candidate list concluded by the party’s National Executive Council (NEC)
The party’s Naledi Gaosekwe said the impact has been minimal as there are no much tension in his province.
“Some branches have received the lists maturely and there are members who understand the selection process. It has not been a smooth sailing process, but they have been received very well.”
However, the Provincial Executive Committee is set to meet over the weekend to discuss nominations after the National Executive Committee gave it additional time to conclude the process.
The riot in Tshwane has so far claimed at least three people’s lives with a total of 54 people arrested and KwaZulu-Natal violence monitor Mary de Haas saying South Africa should expect worse scenarios.
Speaking on the urgent need for serious dialogue about the nation’s democracy, De Haas said recent protests were nothing compared to what South Africa would see after the elections because issues affecting communities were not being addressed
She further added that there is no democracy in these elections as people are thinking of spoiling votes and changing parties.
The former Treasurer-General of the ANC, Mathews Phosa also expressed concern about how the tension usually known to be recently taking place in the parliament now spilling out to the streets.
He also acknowledged the fact that the present leadership under the umbrella of ANC has derailed from the values of the Freedom Charter and the Constitution.