North West Premier, Supra Mahumapelo has called for calm and stability in Mahikeng after violence flared up again there Wednesday night.
Protesters are demanding his resignation.
There were running battles between protesters and police in the city’s Unit Nine.
On Wednesday at least nine people were arrested after protesters barricaded roads, set a bus and mini-bus taxi alight and interrupted schooling.
Mahumapelo says residents must raise their concerns properly.
“We urge the people of Mahikeng that what ever problems they have, let them raise those problems no matter how difficult they are.”
“They must raise them properly either with the municipality or with the provincial government or the district. They can elect a representative or a team representatives that can engage government on the problems they are experiencing, then we can resolve them,” says Mahumapelo.
Regarding the call for him to step down, Mahumapelo referred to Wednesday’s visit by delegates from the ANC’s National Working Committee (NWC) to quell internal party tensions.
He says; “Look we don’t elect ourselves. We are deployed by the ANC so we must leave that matter aside.”
“That is why the NWC was here and if there are local problems let’s sit around the table and resolve them because if the NWC comes and goes these problems will remain. We must still talk about those problems whether Mahumapelo is there or is not there.”