The African National Congress Women’s League (ANCWL) in Tshwane has officially welcomed the much talked about mayoral candidate, Thoko Didiza.
The league held a meeting in Pretoria west to show support for the former National Executive Committee (NEC) member.
This as Didiza took part in a campaign trail for the second day running in the capital.
The ANC Women’s league in Tshwane say she’s a strong leader who will help the ANC swell its membership.
ANCWL Tshwane Chairperson Esther Nhlapo says: “Being a woman leader it’s not easy and we are very much consistent that comrade Thoko is going to lead Tshwane and is going to lead Tshwane the right way. So that is why we condemned the protests that took place.”
Many Itireleng Informal Settlement residents shared their service delivery concerns to Didiza.
“When you are at the toilets here, the toilets are self-made, it’s just a hole you dig up yourself, there is no flushing,” says a concerned resident.
“Here they don’t fix anything and you see even the rooms we stay in, its lots of rooms in the same yard,” says another resident.
However, not everyone was welcoming as a few Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) members refused to listen to Didiza.
Meanwhile, another Tshwane mayoral hopeful the Democratic Alliance’s (DA) Solly Msimanga was also on the streets.
He says Didiza’s reputation alone is not enough for ANC to retain Tshwane.
“Being a good chairperson in Parliament doesn’t make you understand what is happening on the local sphere and it doesn’t make you somebody that will implement on a local sphere,” says Msimanga.
With Tshwane protests seemingly out of the way campaigning for local government elections is now taking centre stage.
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