DA Tshwane mayoral candidate Solly Msimanga has called on ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe to intervene as party members protested against Thoko Didiza as mayoral candidate for Tshwane.

The plea follows reports that ANC members had barricaded the entrance to Attridegville with burning tyres and rocks, while buses were set alight in Mamelodi. A metro police vehicle was overturned. Police are reported to be patrolling protest hot spots.

Didiza was announced as the ANC’s Tshwane mayoral candidate as a “compromise” candidate after the Gauteng provincial executive committee rejected the names tabled by the regional executive committee.

Mantashe on Monday night told PowerFM the Tshwane violence was “thuggery” and not political.

Msimanga claimed the violence had spread to Soshanguve and Hammanskraal. “Tshwane burns this evening as a result of a party at war with itself.

“That war has now spilled onto our streets, placing the people of Tshwane at risk,” Msimanga said.

The ANC in Tshwane has distanced itself from the protests in the capital city.