Johannesburg: As the African National Congress(ANC)’s National Working Committee(NWC) is set to visit North West Province whereby tensions are high with demands that premier Supra Mahumapelo resigns.
The North West Province residents in Montshiwa in Mahikeng took to the streets on Wednesday to demand an end to Supra Mahumapelo’s tenure as Premier of the North West.
Tires and buses have been set alight and roads have been blocked as protesters complained about the provincial leadership and service delivery.
Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Adele Myburgh told a Johannesburg media house that the protesters erupted at about 06:15.
She said fire services extinguished burning vehicles and added that pupils threw stones and blocked roads. This according to some analysts demonstrates the deeper problem that communities have with the premier of the province Supra Mahumapelo.
Voices calling for the premier, who is also the ANC Provincial chairperson to step down or be recalled have been growing in the platinum-rich province and many have been expressing concerns about the level of corruption.
Last month the Hawks raided Mahumapelo’s office in relation to investigations in the North West, while current ANC Youth League leader Collen Maine revealed that Mahumapelo is the one who introduced him to the Guptas.
The ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe has confirmed that NWC would meet with both Provincial Executive Committee of the North West and its caucus in the provincial legislature.