NORTH WEST: The violent protests in Taung, North West have claimed the life of a 16-year-old boy on Monday as calls for Premier Supra Mahumapelo to step down continues.
The South African Police Service (SAPS) confirmed on Tuesday that the protests has led to a loss of life in the Province. Provincial police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Sabata Mokgwabone said the 16-year-old died during protest action on Monday.
A murder case had since been opened.
According to reports, protesters had looted several shops, set buildings alight and attacked police officials on Monday. The police said 11 people had been arrested in Christiana for possession of suspected stolen goods. Protesters in North West have been calling for embattled premier to vacate office, after a vote of no confidence on him was postponed.
The protesters are complaining about lack of service delivery in the province and had also called for President Cyril Ramaphosa to intervene on the matter.
Meanwhile the African National Congress (ANC) Secretary-General Ace Magashule said the part is in the process of dealing with the problem; “we’ve actually mandated the president to deal with some government issues and the ANC is continuing to deal with organisational challenges and other issues,” he said.