It was a day to remember on 20 March 2018 when more than 4000 workers from different trade unions in the health marched to the North West Provincial Legislature to demand the resignation of Premier Supra Mahumapelo over thriving corruption in the province.
Unions, namely DENOSA, NEHAWU, Young Communist League, COSATU, HOSPERSA and NUPSAW marched from Montshiwa Stadium in Mafikeng and proceeded to Premier’s office.
When the march reached the gate, however, a mob of about 200 pro-Supra had gathered at the entrance with placards written ‘Hands off Supra’ and ‘Supra is our leader, he deserves respect’.
Just when the unions’ march entered the office premises, the police, who were present in numbers leading the march, dispersed the group. Stern grenade could be heard, and rubber bullets were fired at the protesters, who had no permission to gather. No injuries were reported. ANC Youth League in the province said the protesters were a rented crowd, and were not ANC Youth League and that the League supported the march to the hilt.
The Premier was not present and MEC of Education in the province, Sello Lehari, accepted the memorandum of demands. Among the demands were the insourcing of security personnel, as well as insourcing of ambulance services including the reversal of the agreement with Mediosa, and resignation of the HOD.
The last demand, at number of 21, was the call for the resignation of the Premier with immediate effect. Failure to heed the call, COSATU Deputy General Secretary, Solly Phetoe said, trade unions must organized the workers in two weeks’ time and occupy the premises.
Young Communist League National Secretary, Mluleki Dlelanga, said workers are demanding to know who killed Bozwana among others. He said as the country is embarking on a key national project of NHI, it cannot be correct that there are provinces which are hell-bent on corruption to the destruction of the project and many others.
The workers gave the office 14 days to answer.