Africa

Riots hit South African capital over mayoral candidate

  • Angry residents shout after refusing to accept the replacement of Pretoria's mayoral candidate at a community center in Atteridgeville, Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, June 21, 2016. Some residents in several poor areas of South Africa's capital, Pretoria, blocked roads, looted shops and burned vehicles Tuesday in riots attributed to discontent over the selection of the ruling party's mayoral candidate. (AP Photo/Shiraaz Mohamed)

    Angry residents shout after refusing to accept the replacement of Pretoria's mayoral candidate at a community center in Atteridgeville, Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, June 21, 2016. Some residents in several poor areas of South Africa's capital, Pretoria, blocked roads, looted shops and burned vehicles Tuesday in riots attributed to discontent over the selection of the ruling party's mayoral candidate. (AP Photo/Shiraaz Mohamed)  (The Associated Press)

  • A man carries steel from a burnt truck on a road in Atteridgeville, Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, June 21, 2016. Some residents in several poor areas of South Africa's capital, Pretoria, blocked roads, looted shops and burned vehicles Tuesday in riots attributed to discontent over the selection of the ruling party's mayoral candidate. (AP Photo/Shiraaz Mohamed)

    A man carries steel from a burnt truck on a road in Atteridgeville, Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, June 21, 2016. Some residents in several poor areas of South Africa's capital, Pretoria, blocked roads, looted shops and burned vehicles Tuesday in riots attributed to discontent over the selection of the ruling party's mayoral candidate. (AP Photo/Shiraaz Mohamed)  (The Associated Press)

  • A man carries steel from a burnt truck on a road in Atteridgeville, Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, June 21, 2016. Some residents in several poor areas of South Africa's capital, Pretoria, blocked roads, looted shops and burned vehicles Tuesday in riots attributed to discontent over the selection of the ruling party's mayoral candidate. (AP Photo/Shiraaz Mohamed)

    A man carries steel from a burnt truck on a road in Atteridgeville, Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, June 21, 2016. Some residents in several poor areas of South Africa's capital, Pretoria, blocked roads, looted shops and burned vehicles Tuesday in riots attributed to discontent over the selection of the ruling party's mayoral candidate. (AP Photo/Shiraaz Mohamed)  (The Associated Press)

Residents in poor areas of South Africa's capital, Pretoria, have set buses on fire and blocked roads in riots attributed to discontent over the selection of the ruling party's selection of a mayoral candidate.

The South African government on Tuesday condemned the violence and said law enforcement agencies will act against the perpetrators.

The unrest began Monday and has affected several areas of Pretoria, including Mamelodi and Atteridgeville.

Some residents complained that they had not been adequately consulted over the selection of Thoko Didiza, a former Cabinet minister, as mayoral candidate for the African National Congress in local elections on Aug. 3. They want incumbent Kgosientso Ramokgopa to stay, though Ramokgopa has backed Didiza as his replacement, reported the African News Agency, a South Africa-based media outlet.