Tonight I call for calm in the City of Tshwane after the violence that erupted in Atteridgeville, Mamelodi, Soshanguve and Hammanskraal today – over the ANC’s imposed Mayoral Candidate, Thoko Didiza – escalated this evening.
The DA condemns the factions within the ANC that are fanning the flames of violence.
Tshwane burns this evening as a result of a party at war with itself. That war has now spilled onto our streets, placing the people of Tshwane at risk.
This violence is a symptom of ANC factionalism and in-fighting after President Zuma and Luthuli House defied the local ANC by imposing an outsider to run for the Mayor of the Capital. The collateral damage in this battle for power are the people of Tshwane.
These are not the actions of a party that can move this City forward. This ANC infighting and obscene violence shows why we need change in Tshwane.
This mess is of Luthuli House’s making; the national leadership of the ANC must now step in and step up to prevent any loss of life and further damage to property.
I challenge ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe to intervene and stop the ANC infighting spilling further onto the streets of our City.
Let us put the future of Tshwane first and put the factionalism inherent to the ANC behind us.
On 3 August 2016 let us vote for change that will move this City forward again.
Issued by DA