Atteridgville residents: No Sputla, no vote


Outgoing Tshwane Kgosientso Ramokgopa addresses residents at the Atteridgeville Community Hall following violence in Tshwane townships.

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ATTERIDGEVILLE, TSHWANE - Outgoing Tshwane mayor Kgosientso Ramakgopa addressed residents at the Atteridgeville community hall on Tuesday afternoon following violent protests in Tshwane.

He called for calm and reaffirmed his support for mayoral candidate Thoko Didiza, but residents protested his comments.

Senior national executive committee member and Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi addressed the media after the meeting and said they had listened to the community&39;s grievances.

"We are going to give notes to leadership and they will take it into consideration," he said.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa condemned the violence at a labour meeting briefing on Tuesday afternoon.

"South Africa doesn’t tolerate violence. We call on residents to find better ways of addressing the challenges we face," he said.

"The issue of mayoral candidates is a matter that needs to be discussed. We are concered that this matter is starting to get tribalistic tones, that someone who was born in KwaZulu-Natal shouldn’t be a mayor of Tshwane goes against our values," said Ramaphosa.

"Lets uphold our values and practice them, it&39;s important that we as South Africans are non-racial and united in everything that we do," said the Deputy President.

Violent protests began in Tshwane on Sunday when a party member was shot dead at a branch meeting. On Monday afternoon residents overturned a car in the Pretoria CBD.

On Monday night the violence escalated, with Arcadia, Mamelodi and Atteridgeville. residents setting fire to buses and blockading roads with burning tyres.

The ANC says outside forces are capitalising on the unhappiness of some of its members who oppose Thoko Didiza as the party&39;s Tshwane mayoral candidate.

Head of campaigns Nomvula Mokonyane said members need to give Didiza a chance to prove herself.