Mahikeng Mayhem: Supra Mahumapelo survives but Ramaphosa promises swift action

Mahikeng Mayhem: Supra Mahumapelo survives but Ramaphosa promises swift action

- The chaos in the North West has resulted in Cyril Ramaphosa returning early from the UK

- The ANC promises to investigate the allegations with urgency

- Ramphosa has said that all sides would be analysed before any action is taken

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The chaos that erupted in the North West amid allegations of corruption levelled at the Premier Supra Mahumapelo resulted in South African President Cyril Ramaphosa cutting his important trip to the UK short to attend to serious allegations.

Residents in Mahikeng and nearby villages conducted violent protests demanding that Mahumapelo resign immediately.

The protests were on a magnitude not seen before in the North West and prompted swift action from the ANC.

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National Executive Committee (NEC) member Obed Bapela said on Friday that they have heard the voice of the people.

"The matters that they have raised, we have heard [them] as the ANC. We are now involved in bringing all players here as we are gathered in Mahikeng to come and listen," said Bapela.

"The NEC can [then] make a determination on what is the next step that can save the situation of North West, that the people of North West can be happy that at least finally there is something that the ANC is doing."

President Ramaphosa promised to act swiftly once all sides of the situation have been examined.

"We want to base our decisions on evidence, proper analysis and evaluation, so when we come to a decision, we have looked at everything from all sides," Ramaphosa said.

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He promised the people that the ANC was working with urgency to sort out the situation. The fact that Ramaphosa cut his trip to the UK short to attend to the situation speaks to the urgency. Ramaphosa was in the UK to attend the Commonwealth heads of state summit.

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