MAHIKENG - Embattled North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo must heed the call of the people and resign immediately, a local business lobby said on Friday.
The North West Business Forum (NWBF) said should Mahumapelo not step down voluntarily, it would call on the national leadership of the ruling ANC to recall him from the post in the interest of peace and stability in the province.
Several people have been arrested this week during violent protests by people calling for the premier to step down amid allegations of corruption, and also demanding better services in the province. Looting and rioting continued unabated in the provincial capital, Mahikeng and surrounding villages.
"The NWBF warns that should Mahumapelo not resign, the Mahikeng protests will spiral to other parts of the province, causing irreparable damage to the economy and political stability of the province," said the business group's chairman Fana Moraka said.
The demonstrations broke out on Wednesday in Montshioa where mobs barricaded roads and set a bus set alight, after two people died at the local clinic on Tuesday. The pair had failed to get treatment due to an ongoing strike in the health sector in North West.