RUSTENBURG, April 26 – North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo will meet with the provincial House of Traditional leaders, his office said on Wednesday.
“Premier Supra Mahumapelo of the North West province has agreed to a request for a meeting with the Provincial House of Traditional Leaders, to discuss what is currently happening in the province. The need for a meeting with the premier is one of the resolutions taken during the provincial house of traditional leaders’ meeting, which was held today [Wednesday] in Rustenburg,” spokesperson Brian Setswambung said in a statement.
Mahumapelo will meet with the traditional leaders on Thursday.
The chairperson of North West House of Traditional Leaders Kgosi Moshe Mabe told reporters that traditional leaders want to be part of the solution to the ongoing protest calling for Mahumapelo to resign.
“We want to be engaged and form part of solutions. We earnestly request to meet with the President [Cyril Ramaphosa] before he make any pronouncement and the premier [Mahumapelo],” Mabe said.
“We have also noted with great concern the allegations levelled against the premier and therefore call upon those that call for his removal to engage with us.”
He said government in all spheres including traditional leaders must attend to issues raised by communities timeously.
“By so doing this we will not create a platform for protest that will ultimately degenerate to a chaotic state.”
Residents in the province have waged a violent protest, looting shops and burnt property calling for Mahumapelo to vacate office.
The protest started in Montshioa near Mahikeng on April 18. Mahikeng was locked down for at least three days, forcing Ramaphosa to cut short his investors visit in the United Kingdom in order to attend to the situation in Mahikeng.
The protest had spread to other areas such as Taung near Vryburg, Klerksdorp and Zeerust.
Mabe called on communities to remain calm and not to destroy property or harm other people.
The meeting between Mahumapelo and traditional leaders would be held at Sun City resort outside Rustenburg.