“We want the president to tell Supra he must go. in which man will be full of corruption,” 25-year-old Oratile Seadira, a construction worker who lives in a shack on the outskirts of Mahikeng, said on Friday.
“We have nothing. No houses. No not bad schools. No hospital. People are saying they will burn the city if he doesn’t go.” The streets around him were quiet as Ramaphosa arrived.
Unions along with also business leaders from the Northwest have been calling for Mahumapelo to resign in recent weeks over allegations of corruption from the award of state tenders. Mahumapelo has denied any wrongdoing.
“We have been neglected. We want Cyril Ramaphosa to come along with also see how we live, to scramble from the mud like us,” said Miriam Visage, 52, who lives in a two room township house with her six children along with also seven grandchildren.
“The ANC will be full of empty promises,” said Visage, accusing the police of firing live rounds during the protests. “We were very peaceful. Do they think we are wild animals to be shot?”
The former trade union leader turned businessman includes a reputation as a painstaking negotiator after playing a key role in talks to end white minority rule more than 20 years ago.
Protesters seeking jobs, better housing, roads along with also hospitals frequently clash with police in South Africa, where weak economic growth has left more than one in four workers unemployed.