THE list of ANC ward councillors approved for local elections is due to be released today.

The announcement will be made after the party’s national executive committee meeting held at the weekend.

The road to the nominations has been anything but smooth.

There have been clashes at branch level over candidates, with some of them even being murdered.

Many conferences have seen violent clashes, leading to fist fights.

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said he had been receiving text messages from desperate ward councillors threatening to revolt if they did not make it onto the list.

He said some of the hopeful candidates were threatening to leave the ANC if they were not selected.

  • KZN: Yesterday the EFF visited Pietermaritzburg and Umlazi. At Esikhaleni Shopping Centre in Empangeni, EFF members had to take cover when people wearing ANC T-shirts allegedly threw stones and beer bottles at them.

EFF president Julius Malema had just mounted the podium. Cops fired rubber bullets, but the ANC members kept regrouping. Malema ordered EFF members to come back and allow the cops to defuse the situation.

Malema said he was happy to see the ANC members moving in a directionless manner caused by fear.

  • LIMPOPO: Speaking on Saturday at the party’s manifesto launch in Mokwakwaila, leader of Congress of the People Mosiuoa Lekota said: “We need to identify leaders with vision and a deep commitment to our Constitution.”

Lekota said the party would ensure that its councillors were trained to be efficient and responsive.

  • TSHWANE: The Pan Africanist Congress of Azania is on a mission to reclaim its former glory as a champion of the struggle for land.
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Party leader Luthando Mbinda said each PAC-run municipality would be obliged to consult the people directly through town hall meetings.anc attack eff