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Tshwane protest continues

Protests continue in many parts of the Tshwane Metro, with reports of violence and looting still coming in.

Most government employees, as well as those working for the City of Tshwane, have been sent home early, as most roads leading into different residential areas have been barricaded.

Police have confirmed that a total of three buses and three trucks have been burned in Hammanskraal north of Pretoria since protests erupted in the area earlier on Tuesday.

Among them were a truck and a bus that were torched on the N1 freeway that was used to barricade the road in both directions.

Protests began on Monday after the African National Congress (ANC) announced that Thoko Didiza would be its mayoral candidate for Tshwane in the local elections.

Current Tshwane mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa has addressed residents and civic organisations in Atteridgeville, where some of the worst unrest has been reported.

In Pretoria West, police officers are turning motorists away. They say cars are being pelted with stones and it is not safe to go near the protesters.

Nearby schools have been closed. Tshwane residents want Ramokgopa to continue as the mayor of the capital city after the August local government elections.

The situation in Pretoria West also remains tense as protesters continue to barricade the main streets.

 

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