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Political instigators behind #TshwaneUnrest, says ANC's Zizi Kodwa

ANC national spokesperson Zizi Kodwa says that authentic party members would never cause the violent destruction seen in Atteridgeville, Pretoria.

He says the unrest has been caused by saboteurs who are advancing their own political interests, using the name of the ANC.

Kodwa warns against uninformed commentary about the party's internal selection processes, and insists that Thoko Didiza was not imposed as the Tshwane mayoral candidate.

He says the party is tired of in-fighting and members who are more loyal to individuals than the movement itself.

Meanwhile, political analyst Prince Mashele says that factionalism within the Tshwane ANC is undeniable and has led to the violent protests which have erupted in Atteridgeville.

Mashele says the unrest in Pretoria is the outcome of earlier predictions of the fall of the ruling party.

He says the ANC is being destroyed by factionalism, corruption and lack of credible leadership.

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

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Protesters vow to continue with #TshwaneUnrest until Didiza steps down

Protesters vow to continue with #TshwaneUnrest until Didiza steps down

Some Atteridgeville residents are upset that outgoing mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa was not made the ANC's Tshwane mayoral candidate.

'There is no split,' says Tshwane ANC deputy chair Mapiti Matsena

'There is no split,' says Tshwane ANC deputy chair Mapiti Matsena

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Mokonyane: Structure in the Tshwane ANC is divided

Mokonyane: Structure in the Tshwane ANC is divided

Nomvula Mokonyane said no ANC member who understands the guidelines would resort to violent protests as seen in Atteridgeville.

Ramokgopa distances himself from political rifts

Ramokgopa distances himself from political rifts

Tshwane Mayor, Kgosientso Ramokgopa, has distanced himself from the rumours of political divisions that have resulted in unrest.

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

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

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Blade Nzimande: Factionalism is tearing the ANC apart

Blade Nzimande: Factionalism is tearing the ANC apart

SACP leader, Blade Nzimande, said it's time for the ANC to better manage transitions in leadership to avoid factionalism.