The police reportedly flooded Tshwane on Monday morning following the incident that saw bullets flying during a controversy that ensued over the naming of the ANC mayoral candidate for the metro on Sunday.
Apparently, the Provincial Executive Committee was not satisfied by the names that had been submitted. The choice of Thoko Didiza to replace Kgosientso Ramokgopa led to violence right oustside the Tshwane Events Centre where the Tshwane region of the African National Congress (ANC) was holding its mayoral elective conference.
ANC announced late on Sunday night that party would make the announcement at its Luthuli House headquarters on the Johannesburg CBD on Monday at 10am.
Spokesperson for the current Tshwane mayor, Blessing Manale explained that the “shooting took place…before the arrival of the leadership to give the outcome the final candidates decision. One person was injured and taken to hospital and the metro police and SAPS are on site and no arrests have been made.”
Both the police and some ANC members in ANC-T-shirts allegedly threatened Journalists from the National Press Club NPC) who were trying to cover the incident. They were restricted from taking photos at the scene.
Decision on naming Tshwane’s mayoral candidate was delayed by the ruling party after it had named all its other metro candidates.
The violence at Tshwane was blamed on the ANC’s indecision on the mayoral choice which did not sit well the people.
Meanwhile, amid the grievances, the ANC has finally confirmed that former minister Thoko Didiza has been named the ANC mayoral candidate for Tshwane.
“The name of comrade Thoko Didiza was nominated and unanimously endorsed,” deputy secretary general Jessie Duarte told reporters on Monday, expressing confidence that she will hail on solid foundation laid by current Tshwane mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa.