'President resolving every conflict could set bad precedent' #MahikengProtests

Nehawu provincial secretary, Patrick Makhafane says they are hoping that the meeting that is currently underway in Mahikeng, convened by President Cyril Ramaphosa, will come up with a solution that is best for the majority of people in the North-West province instead of just a few individuals.

He says it is evident that the people have for some time been having issues with governance in the province, hence the eruption of protests in the past days.

It is time there is a change in the office of the premier, says Makhafane.

Read: Ramaphosa arrives in Mafikeng to address protesters

We have had multiple corruption scandals in the North-West province. The political meeting must also consider those aspects and say, how do we get an independent and credible body that will clean the government in the North-West and ensure that we have a corruption-free government?

Patrick Makhafane, Nehawu Provincial Secretary

Political analyst Dumisani Hlophe says the meeting with President Ramaphosa will attempt to smooth the factions that are in conflict within the ANC in the province.

Hlophe says he doesn't think Mahumapelo will be instructed to resign by the President. Instead, there could be a structure created to investigate what is going on in the province.

The horrible thing for the ANC is that if this issue does not end today. Chances are, it will have bearing on how people vote in that particular province if the ANC does not act accordingly against the premier.

Dumisani Hlophe, Political analyst

ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule and deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte visited Mahikeng at the start of the protests but could not help contain the situation, he says.

Hlophe adds, the fact that the two failed to resolve this issue, and that the President had to cut his trip short could set a wrong precedent that he will be expected to handle every issue in the country.

I think this sets a very bad precedent for Cyril Ramaphosa. It means that every time when there are conflicts in the country he has to go there and deal with the issue himself.

Dumisani Hlophe, Political analyst

The fact that he had to cut his overseas trip raises questions about the collective leadership that he leads both at the party level and state level.

Dumisani Hlophe, Political analyst

On face value, it is good that the President is facing issues head on but at the centre of it, it's a serious bad precedent which means the collective leadership of the ANC cannot deal with matters in the absence of the President.

Dumisani Hlophe, Political analyst

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