Didiza officially introduced as Tshwane mayoral candidate

The African National Congress (ANC) Tshwane mayoral candidate, Thoko Didiza says one of her priorities will be to make Tshwane one of the best run metros in the country.

On Thursday, Gauteng ANC chairperson Paul Mashatile introduced Didiza officially to the media following the announcement that the ruling party had nominated her to replace outgoing Tshwane mayor Kgosientso ‘Sputla’ Ramokgopa.

Addressing the media in Johannesburg, Didiza says she will build on the successes of her predecessors if she’s elected mayor.

Didiza has appealed to residents to seek peaceful means to resolve their differences.

This as the announcement to make her the preferred candidate was met with acts of violence and looting of foreign owned shops.

The violence that broke out on Sunday in Mabopane, Ga-Rankuwa, Mamelodi and Attridgeville has claimed five lives.

Meanwhile, a group of ANC volunteers, who call themselves the Moses Kotane brigade, are cleaning up the streets of Mamelodi, east of Pretoria.

The township is currently relatively calm after three days of violent protests.

It’s understood that not all residents are unhappy about the ANC’s mayoral candidate.

Mamelodi’s Extension 5 resident, Bheki Motshabi says, “Thoko Didiza is an African … Africa is for Africans. I believe she will bring the best.”

On Sunday night, ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe announced Didiza as the ruling party’s mayoral candidate.

The local government elections take place on August 3, 2016.

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