South African army deployed to provincial hospital after protests

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa has deployed troops to look after patients at a hospital in its troubled North West province after staff went on strike over corruption and a collapsing health care system that they blame on the provincial premier.

President Cyril Ramaphosa is under pressure to fire North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo, a senior member of Ramaphosa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC), amid accusations of corruption in the awarding of tenders in the province and violent protests over the poor state of local healthcare.

Mahumapelo denies any wrongdoing and has refused to quit.

Ramaphosa, who replaced scandal-plagued Jacob Zuma as South Africa’s president in February, needs to secure the backing of top ANC officials before he can fire Mahumapelo, a Zuma loyalist. …

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