Looting continues overnight in Mabopane

Daring Mabopane residents kept police busy as looting continued in overnight protests.

A local bakery was one of the businesses that were set alight by angry residents. Foreign shop owners had to flee to different places of safety. The owner of the local bakery says his business was supplying local residents with bread every morning.

All filing stations have closed their businesses as they could also be targeted. Busses and trucks were also set on fire by angry community members.

Roads were barricaded with stones, tree branches and rocks. Wednesday morning traffic is expected to be negatively affected as roads remain blockaded. A police helicopter could be seen hovering around Mabopane.

Several shops were looted and burnt to ashes as angry community members continued showing their unhappiness over the African National Congress’s (ANC) decision to announce Thoko Didiza as its Tshwane mayoral candidate.

Earlier on Tuesday, outgoing Tshwane Executive Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa distanced himself from the protests or factions, saying ANC members must rally behind Didiza.

Community members have vowed to intensify their protests if the ruling party does not withdraw its decision.

It remains to be seen whether the protests will continue on Wednesday morning.


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