Boy Noko, ANC secretary of the Ngaka Modiri Molema region has denied that premier Supra Mahumapelo is 'deeply unpopular'.
That's despite violent protests in North West and calls by residents for Mahumapelo to step down.
Noko says residents must allow for investigations into corruption to take place and says the current protests are criminal.
The issue of the allegation of corruption, as the region we are saying, let us give the relevant department's time and allow the investigations to take place.— Boy Noko, ANC Secretary Ngaka Modiri Molema region
We are saying, if you are saying the premier must step down... why do you keep quite about the MEC who is responsible to that department?— Boy Noko, ANC Secretary Ngaka Modiri Molema region
Meanwhile, EFF North West Media liaison Thabo Sehloho says because Thabo Lekalakala confessed to the legislature that means that there is something that the premier has done.
Thabo Lekalakala confessed that he was involved in corrupt activity that was influence by the premier. The premier arranged a trip for him to India. And he also confessed that the premier influenced him to appoint the Mediosa company.— Thabo Sehloho, EFF NW Media Liaison
Listen to both interviews here: