An ANC member was shot and killed outside the Tshwane Events Centre (formerly Pretoria Showgrounds) as the party was set to announce Thoko Didiza as the mayoral candidate for the city.
“A member of the ANC passed away and several others were injured. The ANC condemns this behaviour in the strongest terms and will act decisively where it is proven that any of our members were responsible for the shooting,” deputy secretary general Jessie Duarte told reporters on Monday.
“We also call on the law enforcement agencies to act with no fear of favour to bring the perpetrators to this criminal act to book.”
The incident occurred on Sunday night ahead of a feedback session where the party was set to inform members of the nomination of Thoko Didiza as the mayoral candidate for the city. Violence broke out in the streets before the leadership could address members.
One individual was shot and a few properties damaged in the process. Duarte has called on those with information to come forward and assist police with their investigations.
“We also call on our communities to ensure that if they know who the perpetrators are, to name them immediately and bring them out so that we can make sure they are charged for this heinous act. We send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of our comrade who passed away. His name will not be made public until we are sure that his next of kin have been properly notified,” she said.
Duarte also called on members to rally behind Didiza and the decision taken by party leaders. She said those who had grievances should use appropriate channels to voice their frustrations.
“The robust nature of our process provides an opportunity for members of our organisation to voice their displeasure. Ultimately, it is incumbent on all our members to close ranks, support and rally behind comrade Thoko Didiza and all councillor candidates as they lead us to a decisive and overwhelming victory of the ANC on the 3rd of August 2016,” she said.
Gauteng ANC chairperson Paul Mashatile called on members to accept the decision and to support Didiza. He also condemned the violence.
“The ANC condemns any form of violence. We call for calm amongst our members and let make sure there is peace in the area and campaign without any violence,” he said.