Eastern Cape Premier, Phumulo Masualle was booed off stage as he tried to address community members at Keiskammahoek in the Eastern Cape.

Masualle hoped to bring an end to a violent and protest that has crippled this small rural town for the past three days. The public library is the latest casualty in a number of buildings which has been torched.

Provincial government tried to intervene. But even that did not end well as the premier was booed off stage.

The South African National Civic Organisation’s Gugulethu Siwinda says, “We have made it clear to the premier that they are the cause for the problems we have here. We don’t need them to come tell lies to us. We want President Ramaphosa or any national leader.”

Eastern Cape premier Masualle says the residents want to meet the President. “I was here to represent the President and tried to talk to some sense to them, but clearly as you have seen yourself they want the President. We’ll keep trying but I’ll definitely make a report back to the President.”

The community has vowed to continue protesting. A move seen by some as a further setback for a town already deprived of infrastructure