Third day of violent protests in Tshwane

The ANC may have been correct in parachuting Thoko Didiza, who comes with an impeccable track record, as a compromise but that clean slate does not matter in the eyes of those at the bottom of the food chain. “The law enforcement agencies will on 24 hour alert until we are certain that the situation is calm”, the Defence minister added.

The minister also claimed that information from “the ground”‚ gleaned by state and crime intelligence operatives‚ pointed to a new “level of organisation” developing in the violence. Some residents said they were not adequately consulted about the selection.

“Some of the areas are tense but quiet for now, while in other areas there is still some unrest, there are reports of protests and incidents of looting”, Kweza said.

It seems the unhappiness stems from the apparent imposition of outsider Didiza on the Tshwane ANC branches‚ which had nominated current mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa or the regional deputy chairperson Mapiti Matsena for the post.

And I think they realised that Thoko Didiza would be the best candidate because she will satisfy those four criteria and would rise above factional problems.

Cosatu spokesman Sizwe Pamla said the federation was concerned about the alleged involvement of “leaders of the movement in collusion with tenderpreneurs” in the violent protests.

“It doesn’t matter whether it started in the ANC or not”, David Makhura, premier of the central Gauteng province that includes Pretoria and Johannesburg, said at a briefing.

There was violence aimed against the dti, he said.

The rioting has raised concerns about security ahead of municipal elections nationwide on August 3. It urged people to use the wi-fi to the “fullest” while they still could, as it would be taken away under Didiza. “That some of these acts are being carried out under the guise of “defending democratic processes” is all the more shameful and incongruent with our democracy”, said the IEC in a statement. Many observers see the vote as a referendum on the Zuma presidency, especially in the wake of recent controversies over political appointment and corruption.

The violence has so far caused millions in damage, including the torching of 19 busses, while countless residents of Tshwane are captives in their communities, unable to get to work and school.

“This simply encourages and entrenches the ability of opportunists to mobilise the masses”. They don’t. They have grown up within the ranks, ” she said.

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