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South Africa police fired rubber bullets to quell violence in clashes with anti-corruption and social justice protesters in the North Western province forcing the South African President Cyril Ramaphosa to cut short his Commonwealth summit attendance in London to dash back home to deal with the violent protests at home.
Police fired rubber bullets on Friday to break up crowds of protesters shortly before he was arrived in the troubled North West province.
The violence by protesters, resulted in looting from shops, the barricading of roads with burning tyres and vehicles including buses being burnt by disgruntled people in South Africa broke out as they demanded that the government should create employment, provide housing and bring an end to the rampant corruption.
Shops have been looted, roads barricaded and vehicles set alight in Mahikeng after violent Service Delivery demonstrations in the North West province which also demanded the resignation of the provincial Premier Supra Mahumapelo who is a member of the ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC) to which President Cyril Ramaphosa belongs.
President Cyril Ramaphosa called for people to be calm and ordered South Africa police to exercise restraint in dealing with the protests and held talks with ANC provincial ANC leaders in a bid to bring back order on the ground.
It is reported that nine people have so far been arrested in the clashes since Wednesday, primarily driven by the ex ANC and South Africa President Jacob Zuma’s administration’s poor service delivery, corruption and general collapse of healthcare due to corruption and the misuse of state funds.
The ANC is facing factionalism and corruption and a recent party president Ramaphosa only in charge since December 2017 just four months ago when Zuma was forced to step down.
The people of South Africa are demanding that the new South Africa President Ramaphosaust lead a clean government free of corruption because some people are corrupt people inherited people from Zuma’s adminstration.
The neighbouring country Botswana has closed exit points on its shared border with South Africa’s North West province.
South Africa’s economy from the time of former President Jacob Zuma is marked by poor growth, high unemployment, corruption allegations and the new president Cyril Ramaphosa indicated that the nation needs US$100bn (£71bn) in investment to help kick-start the faltering economy.
Meanwhile the neighbouring Zimbabwe which faced similar issues and forcibly removed Zuma’s counter part the ruling Zanu pf party Robert Mugabe in November 2017. Zimbabwe simply recycled the same ‘rubbish’ by removing Mugabe and replacing him with Mnangagwa a clone of his.
Zimbabwe is faced with lack of housing, 90%unemployment and collapsed health care, poor service delivery in water, education, ele tricity and roads amongst other issues including last weeks dismissal of 15000 nurses by the Vice President Rtd Gen Chiwenga.
The difference is that South Africans are a more militant society who stand fearlessly defiant of oppressive authority, while the placid, gullible Zimbabweans are hallucinating that the Mnangagwa, Zanu pf stalwarts, securocrats and the militarised regime, actually removed Mugabe so that six months later, they will reform themselves out of power , destroy Zanu pf, the looting gravy train, destroy the gains of freedom from colonialism, land to the people, black empowerment and indigenisation all attributed to Mugabe and Zanu pf, only to hand over Zimbabwe on a Silver plater, ….wake up Zimbabwe!
The fall of Mugabe and death of Tsvangirai probably marks an end to real opposition as the harmonised 2018 elections will feature over 120 parties vying to lead Zimbabwe. If Mnangagwa, Zanu pf stalwarts and securocrats lose, they will not hand over the country, because they fought for the country from the early 1960s, and see themselves as the guardians of our liberation, so they are ready to go back to war in order to restore their reign over the republic. Losing an election, to them is symbolic of submitting to a reversal of the gains of independace and all that Mugabe and Zanu pf have stood for in over 50 years and they never want to go down in history as having contributed to their own downfall….wake up Zimbabwe!#munhuwesemuroad! More news to follow. By Sibusiso Ngwenya. photos-daily sun