South African Government Seizes Control of North West Province

South Africa’s government seized control of North West province, which has been wracked by a series of violent protests, as a way to force Premier Supra Mahumapelo from his post.

Mahumapelo, 49, had run against President Cyril Ramaphosa to lead the ruling African National Congress. Ramaphosa won by a narrow margin at a conference in December. Displacing the provincial administration may help Ramaphosa strengthen his control over the party.

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