Police use rubber bullets to disperse Mahikeng protesters

The North West community is demanding the resignation of Premier Supra Mahumapelo, accusing him of fraud and corruption.

Police use tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse protesters blocking the main road leading into Mahikeng as they continue to call for the removal of Premier Supra Mahumapelo. Picture: Ihsaan Haffejee/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Two hours ahead of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s visit to Mahikeng, police have fired a fresh round of rubber bullets to disperse protesters.

The North West community is demanding the resignation of Premier Supra Mahumapelo, accusing him of fraud and corruption.

During the protests on Thursday, a man died, several buildings and vehicles were torched, and shops looted.

Twenty-three people have been arrested, so far.

The police’s Sabata Mokgwabone says, “We’re managing the crowd… here and there, we’re forced to use rubber bullets.”

At the same time, the Education Department says schools in Mahikeng are not safe for pupils and teachers amid the ongoing protests.

The department’s Elijah Mhlanga says they will decide on Sunday, whether to re-open schools on Monday.

“Schools have been closed in Mahikeng area to allow the situation to settle down because we don’t want to put our learners and teachers in danger.”

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)