NW authorities on high alert after Ramaphosa May Day address disrupted

President Cyril Ramaphosa was forced to abandon the national Cosatu event at the Royal Bafokeng Sport Palace after protesting mine workers refused to allow him to speak.

President Cyril Ramaphosa arrives at Cosatu's May Day rally at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace in the North West on 1 May 2022. Picture: @_cosatu/Twitter

CAPE TOWN - Law enforcement and police officials in the North West are on high alert following the disruption of a May Day rally on Sunday.

President Cyril Ramaphosa was forced to abandon the national Cosatu event at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace after protesting mine workers refused to allow him to speak.

North West police spokesperson Brigadier Sabata Mokgwabone said that proceedings were brought to a standstill.

"This disruption led to the event ultimately being called off. The situation is currently stable with no reports of injuries, loss of lives or damage to property," Mokgwabone said.

Mokgwabone said that authorities were disappointed in how the events unfolded at the stadium.

"Decisive action will be taken against anyone who breaks the law or threatens the safety and security of law-abiding citizens in the province," Mokgwabone said.

Cosatu, meanwhile, said that it warned its alliance partners that tensions were high at the labour federation's May Day rally in the North West.

The union's Sizwe Pamla said that what happened was regrettable.

"We made it clear to our alliance partners, they knew exactly what they were walking into because we had been raising these issues with them, saying that on the ground this is what workers are saying. We would have hoped that things turned out differently," Pamla said.