Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane says President Cyril Ramaphosa has failed to listen to the people of the North West who are calling for the immediate removal of Premier Supra Mahumapelo. Maimane was speaking on Saturday during his visit to Mahikeng, where residents were holding violent protests.

Ramaphosa visited the area on Friday to try and defuse the situation. He called for calm among the residents and to exercise patience while their concerns were being addressed.

The protests, which started on Wednesday, have left a trail of destruction in Mahikeng and other provincial towns. Maimane says he supports calls for Mahumapelo’s removal.

“We stand with those who say Supra must go, because clearly this province, not only is it beset with corruption, it’s also struggling to deliver basic services. Our people are struggling here. People don’t find work, poor people are not getting services and it’s become quite clear that this is a province that has been captured. Instead, they are building statues for Jacob Zuma. This is an indication of the fact that they’ve long forgotten about the people. And so for those reasons alone, Supra must be removed. But it’s clear that Ramaphosa can’t do it.”

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