Mahikeng protests

Ramaphosa leaves UK early to deal with Mahikeng protests

Cyril Ramaphosa has had to say a rather early and awkward goodbye to the Commonwealth. Chaos in the North West is not doing him any favours.

Mahikeng protests

President Cyril Ramaphosa had been on quite the roll in London and the UK. The state leader was forced to announce that he was cutting his visit to the UK short in order to deal with the hugely destructive Mahikeng protests in the North West province.

Ramaphosa was in the UK as part of South Africa’s participation in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London. Over the days this week, he had held one on one meetings with both the Queen of England as well as UK Prime Minister Theresa May.

The ANC leader had managed to secure over R850m in funding from the UK towards growing the South African economy over the next few years.

While Ramaphosa has been in the UK, however, things have taken a turn for the worst in the North West.

The town of Mahikeng has seen numerous arrests and come to a complete standstill as residents demand the resignation of Premier Supra Mahumapelo. Shops have been looted, multiple vehicles have been torched and residents have even managed to blockade all entrances into the town for hours on end.

You wanted to get your car through? You have to fork our R20 to the protesters.

Ramaphosa will meet with ANC structures and North West leaders at 12:00 on Friday.  According to residents, Mahumapelo has allowed corruption to destroy service delivery in the province.

The DA believes the only real answer to end the violence is for Ramaphosa to recall the Premier.

“The only action that will end the scenes of war is for ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa to announce the recall of Mahumapelo, whose time as Premier has been marked by recurring allegations of corruption, a close relationship with the Guptas and a general collapse of the North West.”

“At a time when the ANC and Ramaphosa play politics, lives have been lost and Mahikeng burns. The ANC has again chosen to defend an individual at the expense of the people, said DA National Spokesperson Refiloe Nt’sekhe.”

When you’re in the UK looking to attract investment, having to suddenly rush off to deal with massive protests over a party member is certainly not helpful.