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Ramaphosa arrives in Mafikeng to address protesters

20 April 2018 1:04 PM
Tags:
Cyril Ramaphosa
Mahikeng
Premier Supra Mahumapelo
President Cyril Ramaphosa cut short his overseas trip to visit Mahikeng and listen to residents' grievances.

Several vehicles, as well as Mmabana Community Centre, were torched overnight as protests in Mahikeng escalate.

Residents have taken to the streets this week over the lack of service delivery and are calling for Premier Supra Mahumapelo to resign.

President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to address residents on their grievances. Ramaphosa had to cut his overseas trip short to resolve this burning issue.

EWN reporter Clement Manyathela says the President's motorcade was seen around the town of Mahikeng and his arrival is expected soon at Heritage Park, where the meeting is expected to take place.

Read: NW Health MEC: Mahikeng hospitals running low on medicine

The alliance partners have already indicated that they want Supra Mahumapelo to be recalled by Ramaphosa. When I spoke to the ANC in the province. They are saying their mandate in the meeting will be to defend the premier...

Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter

Supra Mahumapelo came into office elected through the provincial legislature so if he is to be removed it has to be through that process unless the ANC takes that radical decision to instruct provincial members of the council to vote against Mahumapelo if he decided not to resign.

Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter

EWN reporter Masechaba Sefularo says there is a heavy police presence on the streets of Mahikeng and the violence seems to have calmed down.

The people that we have spoken to are saying that Supra Mahumapelo has been unable to deliver basic service delivery and what they are doing is to get what is theirs back.

Masechaba Sefularo, EWN reporter

The acts of criminality have been strongly condemned by all the bodies including the ANC Women's League.

Masechaba Sefularo, EWN reporter

To hear the rest of reports on the unrest in Mafikeng, listen below:


20 April 2018 1:04 PM
Tags:
Cyril Ramaphosa
Mahikeng
Premier Supra Mahumapelo

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