Violent Protests, Shops Looted, A Bus And Two Trucks Burnt, Roads Blocked With Burning Tyres In Atteridgeville And Mamelodi In Tshwane

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Violent protests continued for the second day running in Atteridgeville and Mamelodi in Tshwane, where residents are protesting against the naming of former Cabinet minister Thoko Didiza as the city’s mayoral candidate for the ANC.

A live report from EWN early Tuesday said there were at least three vehicles – a bus and two trucks – that were on fire in Atteridgeville, where roads were blocked with burning tyres. Shops were also looted.

Residents said they were not happy with Didiza and wanted mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa to remain in his position.

However, Ramokgopa on Tuesday distanced himself from people protesting in his name, saying he was backing Didiza to take over.THOKO DIDIZA

“We (are) calling on law enforcement agencies to ensure we get a grip on the situation,” said the outgoing Tshwane mayor who is an ANC member.

The government on Tuesday condemned the violence in Tshwane in which as many as 19 buses have been torched.

“Government appeals for calm in all areas around the City of Tshwane and the peaceful resolution of differences,” said the acting director general of the government communication and information services Donald Liphoko. He encouraged community members to use democratic processes and channels available to raise their concerns.

“Violence, damage to property and infringing on others rights and free movement will not be tolerated by law enforcement agencies. Perpetrators will face the full might of the law. Whilst all South Africans have the constitutional right to protest, government reiterates its condemnation against any form of violence and intimidation during protests and encourages continued dialogue to resolve differences”, said Liphoko.

Late on Monday the Democratic Alliance called for calm.

“Tonight I call for calm in the City of Tshwane after the violence that erupted in Atteridgeville, Mamelodi, Soshanguve and Hammanskraal today – over the ANC’s imposed Mayoral Candidate, Thoko Didiza – escalated this evening,” said Solly Msimanga, the DA Mayoral Candidate for Tshwane.

Msimanga said the DA condemns the factions within the ANC that are fanning the flames of violence.

“I challenge ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe to intervene and stop the ANC infighting spilling further onto the streets of our City,” said Msimanga.

Violence also characterised the party’s meeting on Sunday at Tshwane’s event centre, where an ANC member was shot and killed as members fought over who should be chosen the capital city’s mayoral candidate.

However, the ANC said the violence was not of its own doing but an act of criminality.

Gauteng cops mobilised to assist in Tshwane
Meanwhile, cases of murder, malicious damage to property and intimidation have been opened following the protests, police have said.

Gauteng Provincial Commissioner General Deliwe De Lange said anyone found committing a crime would be arrested immediately.

The police, through the SAPS Twitter feed, said all members, including those on rest days, had been mobilised to assist in policing in Tshwane.

De Lange said a joint operations centre to manage policing in Tshwane had been opened. – News24 and African News Agency, additional reporting by Fose Segodi. source-newsday

 

40,000 migrants will be relocated to other EU states over the next two years

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Migration has been top of the agenda for the European Union Summit summit, which opened on Thursday. European Union partners, have faced a deluge of thousands of migrants arriving by sea, many fleeing ,persecution, war , violence, terror and also simply economic migrants fleeing poverty mainly across African countries such as Syria, Eritrea, Somalia and Nigeria.

European Union (EU) leaders, after marathon deliberations over the unprecedented number of migrant arrivals on European shores that has been seen of late, have finally come to an agreement that is envisaged to alleviate part of the problem, as leaders agreed to relocate tens of thousands of migrants who have arrived in Italy and Greece by sea this year, whilst at the same time EU leaders agreed to resettle a total of 20,000 refugees who are currently outside the EU.

Of note is the United Kingdom who have chosen to be exempt from the scheme, using one of its exemptions as agreed in the EU Lisbon treaty.

The relocation programme is a wholly voluntary project by participating nations as some nations in eastern Europe refused to accept set out relocation quotas

The Summit chairman Donald Tusk announced that 40,000 migrants will be relocated from where they are and distributed to other European Union (EU) states over the next two years in a willing take up basis as there will be no mandatory quotas for each country.

The UN refugee agency UNHCR, statistics show that this year alone, a total of 63,000 migrants arrived in Greece and 62,000 in Italy by sea, showing the alarming rate of arrivals and the need for a responsive and joint initiative by the EU to resolve the crisis as it will only grow worse if ignored. by Sibusiso Ngwenya.

photo-Commercial vessels on busy Mediterranean routes asked to assist with waves of migrants-wjs