Thoko Didiza‚ the African National Congress mayoral candidate for the City of Tshwane‚ has appealed to metro residents to end the wave of protests that greeted her selection.
Didiza also said she does not feel the violence that has swept over Tshwane is a reflection of how people feel about her leading the metro.
She was speaking at a African National Congress mayoral briefing in Johannesburg on Thursday.
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Didiza admitted to her new role being a challenge‚ but said she was up to the task.
Pleading with those that have taken up violence as a way of expressing their unhappiness to calm down‚ she said: “No matter the amount of disgruntlement‚ there should be no resort to violence”.
Aaron Motsoaledi‚ a member of the National Executive Committee and national Health Minister‚ said someone told him the unrest in Tshwane was not due to Didiza being from the metro but was an issue of bread and butter.
“There are people who are scared that if the current mayor steps down‚ certain people will lose their bread and butter‚ they said to me‚” said Motsoaledi.
Motsoaledi said they as the ANC rejected whatever undertones of tribalism surrounded Didiza’s nomination.
Didiza thanked the ANC for entrusting her with the task of being mayor.
“We will continue on the good work that has been done by incumbent mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa. Together we will make Tshwane a better city‚” Didiza said.[Source: Times Live]