Reports have it that the ruling party has named Thoko Didiza as Tshwane mayoral candidate for the upcoming elections.
ANC’s deputy secretary-general – Jessie Duarte confirmed this and divulged that the former minister was nominated and unanimously endorsed as Tshwane mayoral candidate for the party.
“The name of comrade Thoko Didiza was nominated and unanimously endorsed. We are confident she will hail on the solid foundation laid by Kgosientso Ramokgopa,” stated Duarte.
According to the deputy secretary-general, the Provincial Executive Committee was having issues with names that had been submitted for the position before Didiza gained limelight.
Meanwhile, DA predicted that ANC will be settling for the former minister following the party’s failure to confirm who it will be fielding as its mayoral candidate in Tshwane the previous day.
“All indications currently point to Mayor Ramokgopa being replaced by Thoko Didiza, an outsider parachuted in from Parliament to try and clean up Sputla’s mess.
That Luthuli House is considering imposing an outside candidate on the Capital speaks volumes about the chaotic state of the ANC in Tshwane. Clearly, no local candidates, including Sputla, were considered immediately fit for the job,” stated the opposition party.
DA said it’s troubling that ANC has descended into chaos and violence with various factions vying for the position.
“This is frankly an embarrassment to the governing party and reflects what the people of Tshwane have known all along – position and power are more important in the ANC than honest and responsive governance.
The people of Tshwane deserve better than a party constantly at war with itself; better than a party where factionalism results in gunfights and violence,” DA added.
With that, the opposition party asserted that they are continuously gaining support from Tshwane voters. That, they said, is so because Tshwane voters want to see a change that will move the city forward, stop corruption, deliver better services and create jobs.