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ANC admits Tshwane mayoral candidate Thoko Didiza was a 'compromise' - reports

The African National Congress (ANC) has announced Thoko Didiza as the mayoral candidate for the Tshwane Metro Municipality.

The party says that Didiza is the right candidate to "douse factional fires" in Tshwane, reports EWN's Clement Manyathela.

The ANC has condemned the violence that erupted, after the ANC's internal briefing on Sunday, between two groups of ANC members.

Two groups were allegedly in favour of either outgoing mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa, or Tshwane deputy ANC chairman Mapiti Matsena.

The party does admit that, had it chosen Ramokgopa or Matsena, it could have led to further divisions in the region.

Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter

The ANC says that Ramokgopa and Matsena have both accepted Didiza's nomination and committed to calming tensions between their loyal supporters.

The violent conflict between the two factions has already led to one death.

Listen to the full conversation from The Midday Report with Stephen Grootes:

Meanwhile, former ANC policy head Joel Netshitenze says the party will die a humiliating death if doesn't clean up its culture and end factional impulses.

Ultimately, the approach that the nation adopts to issues of transformation will be informed by factional and other interests - other than the interests of the people. That's the warning we're trying to issue.

Joel Netshitenze, former ANC policy head

At the same time, political analyst Aubrey Mathsiqi says the ANC's access to state power has had a negative impact on the party and its leadership contests.

Listen to the full conversation from The Midday Report with Stephen Grootes:

Read the full list of the candidates named for the regions in Gauteng province here.

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