Published: Fri, April 20, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

President Cyril Ramaphosa Calls for Calm in North West Province

President Cyril Ramaphosa Calls for Calm in North West Province

Mokgwabone, said a man was shot dead during a high-speed chase with police in Mahikeng on Thursday, but that it was not linked to the unrest.

The ANC in the North West said on Thursday that it condemned the violence.

Another Nyala was petrol bombed in Danville south of Mahikeng.

South Africa's Independent Online says protesters are using stones as weapons, and police are responding with tear gas and rubber bullets in an attempt to break up the protest.

Mahikeng was totally shut down on Thursday, as the call for Mahumapelo to step down continue to mount. Streets were barricaded with rocks and burning objects.

The ANC will rather protect their party and Premier Supra Mahumapelo than to intervene and alleviate the plight of communities in North West.

A truck was petrol bombed in Lonely Park, in the north, while it was parked at Agri-Market where youngsters had earlier pulled out a trailer and torched it in front of the business, another trailer was partially burnt while a third one was overturned and its tyres used to block Nelson Mandela Drive - linking Mahikeng and Botswana.

Raging citizens said they wanted North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo to resign and accused him of corruption.

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The ANC Youth League, however, issued two conflicting statements, with spokesperson in North West Tshiamo Tsotetsi saying the group supported the call for Mahumapelo to vacate office, while acting provincial chairperson Tsotso Tlhapi said the issue had not been discussed at its last provincial executive meeting previous year.

Two hours ahead of President Cyril Ramaphosa's visit to Mahikeng, police have fired a fresh round of rubber bullets to disperse protesters.

President Cyril Ramaphosa was expected to convene an urgent ANC meeting in Mahikeng on Friday to resolve the crisis.

Police Minister Bheki Cele said Ramaphosa would meet local officials from his ruling African National Congress (ANC) party at around 1000 GMT in a bid to defuse tensions.

Friday's classes have been suspended at the North West University (NWU) due to ongoing political unrests in Mahikeng.

Violent protests were held in North West province as protesters demanded jobs, housing and an end to corruption.

The people of the North West will punish the ANC in 2019, and vote for total change under a DA-led administration that puts the people and service delivery first.

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