CSVR blames govt for escalating violence in Tshwane

The Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation has accused the government of failing to act timeously to prevent an escalation in township violence in the Tshwane metro.

At least two people are reported to have died in widespread looting said to have been sparked by Thoko Didiza‘s appointment as the African National Congress’s (ANC) mayoral candidate.

The Centre’s Senior Advocacy Officer, Annah Moyo says, “Poorer communities, bus commuters, foreign shop keepers and foreigners amongst others are the ones bearing the brunt of this violence. “

“This violence is an indication that people are frustrated by their exclusion from political processes. The violence is also the pointer to the failure of leadership to anticipate and respond to community concerns timeously and appropriately.”

The names that were given from the Tshwane region of the ANC did not have comrade Kgosientso

Meanwhile, the Minister of Water and Sanitation and ANC NEC member, Nomvula Mokonyane has condemned the ongoing violent protests in Tshwane, saying it deepens divisions within the ANC on a regional level.

Mamelodi and Atteridgeville have been hit by violence since the announcement that Didiza would be the ANC’s candidate to replace Tshwane mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa.

Mokonyane says, “The names that were given from the Tshwane region of the ANC  did not have comrade Kgosientso ,  the regional executive committee of Tshwane is divided  and that division has made members of the ANC to choose sides and hence you rather bring another member of the ANC  Thoko Didiza who is a member of a ward, she has been  an active member in that particular region, she services a branch, she is part of our management team of elections.”


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