ANC calls for calm in the aftermath of North West, Mahikeng unrest

P Chauke

The African National Congress calls for calm following the recent protests in Mafikeng, North West and surroundings which brought the town to a standstill. The ANC commends President Ramaphosa for cutting his trip to London short and arrived to meet with the people of Mahikeng and the ANC alliance in order to find a solution to the protests. The fact that he had to cut his UK trip short, shows leadership and respect to the people of North West.

The ANC calls upon the residents to remain calm while issues are being addressed. We urge our people in North West to continue to be law-abiding, and not participate in violent actions anymore, especially not the destruction of property. The setting alight of the community property goes against the fight for better service delivery. It is only when we are calm and deal with the problem, that we can find sustainable solutions.

We can assure the residents of Mahikeng that the ANC led government will go deep to the cause of their problems but we want to base our decisions on evidence and proper evaluations. The ANC led by president Ramaphosa will honour the commitment to come back to the province after the NEC meeting to meet with communities in various villages. We are quite serious about listening to our people to find solutions to their concerns and grievances.

I thank you