AS IT HAPPENED: Ramaphosa urges Mahikeng residents to stay calm while issues are being addressed

2018-04-20 18:49

President Cyril Ramaphosa is meeting with structures of the ANC and alliance partners to try to find a solution to the protests in Mahikeng, says ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe.

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Ramaphosa ends his address by asking residents to remain calm and not engage in violence.

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We would like to make a call to all the citizens to remain calm and not get into anything that will lead to violence, destruction of property, Ramaphosa says.

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Matters raised will be discussed in government and on provincial level at a speedy basis, dissect and analyse issues.  

We want to base our decisions on evidence and proper evaluations, Ramaphosa says.

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President Ramaphosa says he wanted to hear precisely about matter that impact on governance in the North West.

Extensive discussions were had with the premier and other members.  

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Ramaphosa locked in talks to restore calm in Mahikeng

President Cyril Ramaphosa is still trying to resolve a political impasse involving the fate of embattled North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo.

Violence continued in the capital Mafikeng as protestors take to the streets to demand that Mahumapelo resign or be recalled by the party's leadership.

A meeting got underway late on Friday afternoon after Ramaphosa cut short his trip to London where he was attending the Commonwealth heads of state summit.

The meeting is expected to continue till late as Ramaphosa, other top six officials and national executive committee members (NEC) try to intervene in the political impasse.

"The fact that the president had to cut his UK trip short, shows you the seriousness of this issue," Mabe said while addressing media at the Heritage House in Mahikeng.

He said the various structures had already begun raising their issues.

Mahumapelo was due to face a vote of no confidence earlier this week, however it was postponed after the Economic Freedom Fighters went to court demanding that the Speaker allow a secret ballot.

Some ANC MPLs told News24 at the time that there were enough members to ensure that the opposition's motion to oust him succeeded.

NEC members including Bheki Cele, Senzo Mchunu, Obed Bapela and Malusi Gigaba are some of the senior members attending the tense meeting on Friday.

The party has also extended the invite to Mahumapelo's biggest detractors, who once served in the provincial executive, including China Dodovu and former leaders in an effort to find solutions.Alliance partners SANCO, COSATU and SACP and the party's women and youth leagues are also in the meeting.  

"We will involve as many people as possible so that they are also part of contributing to those resolutions."

Protests against Mahumapelo brought the town to a standstill on Thursday as burning tyres and rocks were used to barricade the road.

Provincial police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Adele Myburgh said 16 people had been arrested since the protests started.Mabe said the ANC would never promote the destruction of public property.On Monday, the ANC will give the report to the NWC.

The ANC led by Ramaphosa will come back to the province to meet with communities in various villages.

"We are quite serious about listening to the concerns of the people to find solutions to their concerns and grievances. Whatever we are doing here, it is going to be the people and the people who comes first."

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President Cyril Ramaphosa is meeting with structures of the ANC and alliance partners to try to find a solution to the protests in Mahikeng, said ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe on Friday.

Protesters, who have brought the town to a standstill, are calling for the removal of North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo.

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Ramaphosa has finally arrived at the meeting venue in Mahikeng, where a number of senior ANC members are awaiting his arrival. According to reports, all members meant to be present at the meeting are already there, including Mahumapelo himself.

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According to ANC NEC member Obed Bapela, they are still waiting for Ramaphosa to arrive.

Bapela has however also confirmed that Mahumapelo has already arrived, ahead of the meeting with Ramaphosa.

20 Apr 13:38

Foreign shop owners, some whose shops were looted during protests, have gathered outside the venue in Mahikeng where Ramaphosa is meeting with ANC leaders.

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The ANC has given Supra Mahumapelo a blank cheque – Fana Moraka of the North West Business Forum

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Some community members have accused the police of being racist in the area

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Police Minister Bheki Cele says all personnel responsible for creating a rift between police and communities in Danville, Mahikeng will be dealt with accordingly

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