More than 20 buses were burned, local clinic and foreigners Spaza shops were looted during the protest.
Tshwane residents were protesting on Tuesday including, Mamelodi, Atteridgeville, Kwandebele, Soshanguve, Mabopane and Pretoria West (Gomora). The protest was due newly chosen Mayorial candidate Thoko Didiza from KZN being declared as unacceptable. The protest lasted till the next day. Many foreigners who own Spaza shops lost business that day due to residents looting. Streets were blocked with rocks and burning tyres and it was difficult for public transport including private to drive in and out of Mamelodi. The buses and Metro train were suspended the day of the protest. It was reported on Metro FM that the government hasn’t given a response to the violence yet. However, Kgosientso Ramokgopa (current mayor)addressed residents in Atteridgeville, informing the crowd that violence is not a way of communicating with the government and he doesn’t support it. Unconfirmed reports said violence had escalated to Pretoria CBD, Sunnyside, and Arcadia. Residents were warned not to take public buses as they were targeted and burnt and business people were also urged to release their staff to get to safety or evacuate buildings. Today there are still sporadic outbreaks of looting and protesting in the area.
By: Fortunate Machaba