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TSHWANE has been engulfed by violent protests following the announcement that ANC MP Thoko Didiza would be the ANC’s mayoral candidate for the upcoming local government elections.

Didiza was a compromise candidate after ANC structures, the Tshwane regional executive committee and the Gauteng provincial executive committee failed to agree on a candidate.

The regional executive committee tabled three names, which did not include incumbent mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa but did include his ANC deputy in the region, Mapiti Matsena.

Rivalry between the two was said to be so intense that an intervention was needed. Reasons have been given for outbreak of the protests.

Here are five of those suggested by ANC and government leaders:

• Thuggery: ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe has claimed that the protests were not political but just plain “thuggery”. “That is thuggery and it is not a protest of ANC members. Police must act by arresting people who are responsible for that thuggery.”

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