Political analyst explains ANC decision to put up Thoko Didiza as Mayor

The residents of Tshwane are up in arms over the decision to appoint Thoko Didiza as mayoral candidate.

They want the outgoing Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa to be retained as mayor.

Protesters have burnt trucks, buses and looted foreign-owned shops during these protests. The affected areas are Attridgeville‚ Mamelodi‚ Soshanguve and Hammanskraal.

Residents have been reported saying they will not vote unless the ANC reverses its decision.

John Maytham spoke to EWN reporter Barry Bateman about the current situation in Tshwane after he attended the security cluster briefing.

According to Bateman, the Ministers said they would not tolerate any violent conduct and that they will be visible policing in and around Tshawane.

He says additional members of the police have been brought in from other parts of the country to help contain the situation.

John Maytham also spoke to politcial analyst, Ebrahim Fakir, about the ANC's decision to put Thoko Didiza up as a mayoral candidate for Tshwane.

Fakir says under Thabo Mbeki there were many complaints from ordinary ANC members who felt leaders were imposed on them. He believes the Zuma administration has tried to change that political culture, by subjecting candidates to people in communities for election.

They have taken this even further and developed a "fairly elaborate process for the mayoral candidates" and it is the first time they are announcing them before the elections, he says.

According to Fakir, "the ANC is attempting to reconcile the irreconcilable". He says it appears the ANC has four criteria that they are trying to meet all at once.

  1. Lets have someone who is relatively popular

  2. Lets have someone who have have the requisite administrative management in executive skills

  3. Lets have someone who can generate votes

  4. Lets think about the gender parity and gender balances of our candidates

And I think they realised that Thoko Didiza would be the best candidate because she will satisfy those four criteria and would rise above factional problems.

Ebrahim Fakir, Political analyst

Clearly the people who live in Tshwane do not appear to agree with the decision

Ebrahim Fakir, Political analyst

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