ANC factionalism and succession battles fuel #TshwaneUnrest

The violent protests and looting in Tshwane have highlighted how the African National Congress' manages the issue of succession during leadership contests.

Scenes of chaos have taken over in Hammanskraal, Mamelodi, Ga-rankuwa and Atteridgeville since the announcement of Thoko Didiza as the City of Tshwane's ANC mayoral candidate for the 2016 municipal elections.

Two political factions - one supporting Tshwane mayor, Kgosientso Ramokgopa, and the other supporting ANC deputy chairman, Mapiti Matsena - are at the centre of the #TshwaneUnrest.

702's Azania Mosaka gave listeners an opportunity to share their thoughts in an effort to decipher what the issues are.

Listen to the conversation below:

I'm an innocent community member, we are being held hostage by thugs... We can't go to work, we can't go to buy food, you are scared to out of your house.

Mabel, caller in Atteridgeville

Protesters have vowed to continue wrecking havoc until the governing party retracts Didiza's candidacy.

Clearly there's a build up of frustration... The ANC has led us irresponsibly and now we see people in our communities acting irresponsibly.

Brian, caller in Dainfern

Everybody is pushing the blame onto the ANC and saying the ANC structures are not doing well, but we as citizens also have to responsible. We can't be destroying property.

Themba, caller in Oaklands

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