If ANC doesn't budge on Didiza it could bring ANC below 50% in Tshwane elections

EWN's Clement Manyathela is in the Mabopane area in Tshwane and reports that things seem quiet at the moment. He sees things appear calm in the hotspots that exploded in violence yesterday. Police are clearing up barricades they used to block the roads and are allowing buses through.

He says there has been rampant looting in foreign owned shops around Garankuwe and Mabopane.

But the general consensus from the residents around the hot spots, he says, is a wait and see approach. They are waiting for the feedback for the ANC Gauteng leaders. He says tomorrow the Gauteng ANC will be introducing all its mayoral candidates which means Thoko Didiza might make an appearance.

If she does, that will be confirmation to people on the ground...that the ANC hasn't heeded their call...and how they respond to that remains to be seen.

Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter

Political analyst Professor Somadoda Fikeni talked to John Maytham about the outcome of the unrest on upcoming elections.

They should have predicted the fact that if you bring in a candidate, high profile, form the NEC, outside the leaders of the region...there would be a problem.

Professor Somadoda Fikeni , political analyst

Despite this, he doubts they anticipated a violent reaction on this scale.

But, he says, even without the introduction of Thoko Didiza, the region was already a very divided one.

The current mayor, that they are calling for his return, did not even feature in the top ten, which means that the three names that were forwarded already excluded him. And there would have been such a violent reaction if a new mayor had been announced, even if he was a local.

Professor Somadoda Fikeni , political analyst

He says even if the incumbent Tshwane mayor Kgosientso 'Sputla' Ramokgopa was brought back, the supporters of the three names currently on the list will react in protest. "So you are damned if you do, and damned if you don't", says Fikeni.

He says the ANC needs to foster peace and unity in the region if it is going to succeed at the polls.

Tshwane was one of the municipalities that experienced a significant decline in the past national and provincial election, which was close enough to the lower end of 50%. so if you do have any significant stay away from the members...it could easily bring ANC below 50%.

Incumbent Tshwane mayor Kgosientso 'Sputla' Ramokgopa
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