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Angry community members go on the rampage in Pretoria

As overnight protests continue in parts of Pretoria, angry community members have looted shops and set a car on fire.

Community members say they are angry over the African National Congress’s (ANC) decision to announce former Public Works Minister Thoko Didiza as its Tshwane Mayoral candidate.

The protests started in Mamelodi and Attridgeville on Monday evening as community members burnt several trucks and buses.

The Mabopane Highway near the Hebron exit has been barricaded with burning tyres and tree branches.

All shops in the Thorntree Shopping Centre have been closed.

A police helicopter is hovering over the area.

The situation remains tense and police are continuing to monitor the situation.

Meanwhile, Tshwane’s current mayor, Kgosientso Ramokgopa, visited Atteridgeville, west of Pretoria, on Tuesday afternoon to address residents.

Residents say they want Ramokgopa to continue as the mayor of the capital city after the August local government elections.

 

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