South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has cut short his attendance at the Commonwealth summit in London to deal with violent protests at home.
Clashes have taken place in North West province where protesters are demanding jobs, housing and an end to corruption.
Shops have been looted, roads barricaded and vehicles set alight. President Ramaphosa, who took office in February, has sought to encourage investment in South Africa during his visit to the UK.
Protests in South Africa’s North West province erupted on Wednesday as demonstrators demanded the resignation of provincial Premier Supra Mahumapelo – a member of Mr Ramaphosa’s governing African National Congress (ANC).
Presidency office said Mr Ramaphosa is scheduled to hold meetings with ANC leaders in the provincial capital Mahikeng today.