Violent protests in South Africa demand end to corruption

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The North West Health Department told OFM News earlier this month it has sought national assistance to deliver essential medication to facilities in the province directly.

Shops have been looted, roads barricaded and vehicles set alight.

Ramaphosa called for calm, ordered police to exercise maximum restraint and urged the aggrieved parties to express their grievances without resorting to violence.

"To pay attention to the situation in the North West, the president has made a decision to cut short his participation in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London where he is leading a government delegation", a statement said.

Protesters from Top Village township can be seen blocking the main road leading into Mahikeng as they continue to call for the removal of Premier Supra Mahumapelo.

The President was scheduled to hold meetings with ANC leaders in the provincial capital Mahikeng on Friday, the BBC report quoted his office as saying.

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He said the SAMHS was mobilising to be in position at the North West Provincial Hospital by Saturday at the earliest, in order to alleviate the plight of the affected citizens of the province who were now bearing the brunt of the labour action.

South Africa's faltering economy has been a priority for Mr Ramaphosa since he took over from former President Jacob Zuma.

Zuma's nine-year tenure saddled South Africa with weak growth, ballooning national debt, depressed investor confidence and record unemployment.

In a recent interview with Bloomberg in London, Mr Ramaphosa said he was seeking $100bn in investment to help kick-start the economy.

The people of the North West deserve better than the ANC; the people of the North West deserve total change under a DA-led government which will always put them first by ensuring the delivery of quality services, the administration healthcare and a caring government.

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