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South Africa: Social Media reacts to violence in Tshwane

June 21, 2016 • Online & Social, Southern Africa, Top Stories

Tshwane Unrest

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According to a report via News 24, the South African army is currently believed to be on standby to tackle the civil unrest situation happening in, and around, Tshwane/Pretoria.

According to the report, a source close to the situation with first-hand knowledge said a special unit was on standby to assist the police, but a final decision has not yet been made on whether or not to deploy the unit. According to the report, the army cannot be deployed without South African president Jacob Zuma informing the Speaker of Parliament of such a decision.

Violence erupted in the city, according to News 24, when residents protested against ANC’s decision to select Thoko Didiza as the ANC mayoral candidate for Tshwane.

Kgosientso Ramokgopa, soon to be former mayor of Tshwane, had pleaded with the public to not resort to violence and that they should rather discuss the ANC’s decision; however, this was strongly rejected by the community who chanted: “No Sputla, no vote.”

Since the decision to replace Ramokgopa, one person was shot dead and several others were wounded. Social media has reacted to the current situation of civil unrest. The tweets can be found below:

Darryl Linington
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