GroundUp

Photo Essay: Mahikeng revolts against unemployment and corruption

By GroundUp 21 April 2018
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Police and residents clash in Seweding township as residents barricaded streets and looted a nearby hardware store. Picture: GroundUp News

Mahikeng, the capital of the North West province has been locked down for the past week. Schools and businesses have been unable to open as protests have turned violent with widespread looting. Residents are demanding the removal of Premier Supra Mahumapelo who they accuse of corruption and of not working to provide basic services to the poor townships surrounding the city centre.

Mahumapelo has denied all allegations but the huge protests resulted in President Cyril Ramaphosa cutting short his trip to London so that he could return to meet with various ANC leaders to negotiate a solution. The President has called for calm in the province and says that a decision regarding the issues raised by the protesters will be reached soon.

As an example of the kind of corruption under Mahumapelo’s rule, see the exposé — titled Health4Sale — published by Spotlight this week:

Police use rubber bullets and tear gas to drive protesters back after residents from Seweding township barricaded streets and looted a nearby hardware store. Picture: GroundUp News

 

Residents from Seweding township show where they had been shot in the back by rubber bullets as protesters continue to call for the removal of Premier Supra Mahumapelo. Picture: GroundUp News

 

Police and residents clash in Seweding township as residents barricaded streets and looted a nearby hardware store. Picture: GroundUp News

 

Police and residents clash in Seweding township as residents barricaded streets and looted a nearby hardware store. Picture: GroundUp News

 

A young protester from a township called Top Village is seen with a sling shot attached to his head as protesters blocked the main road leading into Mahikeng. Picture: GroundUp News

 

Young protester from a township called Top Village is seen with a sling shot attached to his head as protesters blocked the main road leading into Mahikeng. They are demanding employment opportunities and better infrastructure in the township in addition to calling for the removal of the premier Supra Mahumapelo. Picture: GroundUp News

 

A burning tire hand from a bridge in Mahikeng as young protesters from a township called Top Village blocked the main road leading into Mahikeng. They are demanding employment opportunities and better infrastructure in the township in addition to calling for the removal of the premier Supra Mahumapelo. Picture: GroundUp News

 

Protesters block the main road leading into Mahikeng. They are demanding employment opportunities and better infrastructure in the township in addition to calling for the removal of the premier Supra Mahumapelo. Picture: GroundUp News

 

Protesters block the main road leading into Mahikeng. They are demanding employment opportunities and better infrastructure in the township in addition to calling for the removal of the premier Supra Mahumapelo. Picture: GroundUp News

 

Protesters block the main road leading into Mahikeng. They are demanding employment opportunities and better infrastructure in the township in addition to calling for the removal of the premier Supra Mahumapelo. Picture: GroundUp News

 

Anti-Supra ANC members joined hands with some displaced migrant businessmen as they protested outside the venue where the ANC top leadership was meeting to discuss the future of Premier Supra Mahumapelo. Hundreds of migrant shopkeepers from Ethiopia, Somalia and Bangladesh gathered outside the venue after widespread looting in the townships had left them homeless and destitute. Picture: GroundUp News

 

Displaced migrant shopkeepers can be seen outside the venue where the ANC’s top leadership was meeting to discuss the future of Premier Supra Mahumapelo. Hundreds of migrant shopkeepers from Ethiopia, Somalia and Bangladesh gathered outside the venue after widespread looting in the townships had left them homeless and destitute as communities continued to protest calling for the removal of Premier Supra Mahumapelo. Picture: GroundUp News

 

Police use rubber bullets and tear gas to drive protesters back after residents from Seweding township barricaded streets and looted a nearby hardware store. Picture: GroundUp News
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