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Cops fire rubber bullets as ANCYL, Nehawu marchers clash

Union members are calling for Premier Supra Mahumapelo to step down, while members of the ANCYL are marching in his defence.

A demonstrator seen with police in the North West after Nehawu clashed with ANCYL members over calls for Premier Supra Mahumapelo to step down. Picture: Masechaba Sefularo/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Police have fired rubber bullets after marchers taking part in Nehawu’s North West day of action were confronted by a crowd dressed in African National Congress (ANC) T-shirts outside the legislature in Mahikeng.

Union members are calling for Premier Supra Mahumapelo to step down, while members of the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) are marching in his defence.

A small crowd wearing ANC T-shirts arrived carrying placards in defence of the premier, reading: “Hands off our premier.”

Police fired rubber bullets when the two groups clashed, driving the ANCYL out of the Garona Building Square.

The ANCYL’s representative Ofentse Bogopane says as a member of the tripartite alliance, Nehawu should not take to the streets.

“We must call a meeting with the African National Congress and say that we’re having a problem with a deployee in government, who is Supra Mahumapelo and resolve the matter.”

Nehawu leaders have called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to intervene.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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