South Africa: Unrest Follows ANC’s Candidate Announcement

Civic unrest followed the ANC's announcement of mayoral candidate Thoko Didiza. (Photo: Google Images)

Civic unrest followed the ANC’s announcement of mayoral candidate Thoko Didiza.
(Photo: Google Images)

BBC Africa is reporting violence has broken out in and around Pretoria after African National Congress (ANC) announced its mayoral candidate. The author writes:

“A government statement calling for calm said police officers ‘came under fire as protesters allegedly attacked their car with stones’. Trouble broke out in the Tshwane area reportedly over the mayoral candidate chosen by the governing ANC for August’s elections. The tension relates to factionalism within the party, analysts say. Local media are showing pictures of burning barricades blocking main roads. South Africa’s government has called for dialogue to sort out the problem.”

Protesters are upset current mayor Kgosientsho Ramokgopa was pushed aside in the nomination process, although Ramokgopa reportedly said he’s “happy” with the selection of Thoko Didiza.

Read more at BBC News Africa.

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