ANC says members not behind Tshwane violence

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File: ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe said the violence in Tshwane cannot be attributed to its members.

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JOHANNESBURG - ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe said the violence in Tshwane cannot be attributed to its members.

“Those are not ANC members. They are citizens of South Africa involved in crime… they should be arrested," he said.

Tshwane Metro Police say they are still trying to identify the protesters who overturned one of their vehicles in Pretoria on Monday.

Three officers sustained minor injuries, when demonstrators attacked them.

Reports suggested they were a group of disgruntled ANC members.

Meanwhile, the ANC in Tshwane will have to make sure it unites its structures.

That&39;s the message from senior party leaders. 

Tensions have been running high in the capital over who would contest for the position of mayor.

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Some members are still not happy with the decision to endorse the compromise candidate Thoko Didiza.

Didiza was brought in to quell a feud over two key candidates who were competing for the position.

The ANC says the two contenders will still continue to serve in the party’s structures.

Deputy Secretary General Jessie Duarte said they will still be the regional leadership.

"We want to give them the opportunity to focus their minds on building the ANC structurally and making sure that they go back to the ground as they are both activists," she said.

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