Gauteng Premier and ANC’s provincial chairperson, David Makhura, met with the Alexandra shut down committee in the Johannesburg township to address issues related to the community’s protests.
This comes six days after the Alex community took to the streets to demand the presence of Joburg mayor, Herman Mashaba, to accept their memorandum which addressed issues related to the lack of service delivery, escalating crime and the shortage of housing.
While Mashaba vowed to make an appearance under the condition that he is joined by the president, Makhura reported to the community and sat down for a meeting with the leadership of the protest movement.
David Makhura on
outcome of meeting with Alex protesters
The outcomes of this meeting, Makhura told the media, were successful. The Gauteng Premier noted that he had accepted the protesters’ memorandum and that he would convey all that he has heard to Ramaphosa, who is expected to make an appearance in Alex on Thursday.
“I am very happy that we have had these meetings. I will be able to brief the president, over the next few hours, about the issues, so when the president comes here on Thursday, he will be able to speak clearly to some of these issues,” he said.
ANC denies responsibility of Alexandra Renewal Project
He also outrightly dismissed allegations that the ANC-led national government had injected R1.3-billion into the Alexandra Renewal Project that was allegedly earmarked for the improvement of the township.
“These are historical issues that are around the Alexandra Renewal Project, and I want to dismiss any notion that national government put billions of rands into the project.
“The Alexandra Renewal Project was funded by the City of Johannesburg and the provincial government,” he added.
Makhura echoed the sentiments of the residents who have complained about the rampant building of illegal structures that has plagued the township.
He warned that if this is not stopped, it will be almost impossible to decongest Alex.