Johannesburg mayor, Herman Mashaba, has made a link between ringleaders of the Alexandra protests and the looting that halted the township’s renewal project.
As reported by Times Live, Mashaba, who was silenced by the deafening boos of the Alex community that had gathered at the Marlboro Community Centre, on Monday, revealed proof of why he believes the ANC has been fanning the flames of these protests.
Herman Mashaba targets ANC-linked protest ringleaders
He pointed to the missing R1.7-billion that was earmarked for the Alexandra Renewal Project (ARP), a development action plan that sought to address the social and economical infrastructure of the township, as the ANC’s link to the protests.
According to the mayor, a forensic investigation into the project has already yielded damning results.
The investigation, Mashaba said, has identified certain leaders of the #AlexShutdown movement as directors of a company called Ditlodi Community Development Cooperative (DCDC), the last known recipient of funds that were funnelled — under the guise of services rendered to the ARP — from the government.
ANC officials tied to ARP liaison company
Mashaba found it strange how the directors of the company that was supposedly providing community liaison services to the project, were the same as that of Altitude Pty (Ltd), a company that had been previously commissioned to offer the same services.
“These individuals left the employ of a company, Altitude Pty Ltd, which was contracted to provide community liaison services for the Alexandra Renewal Project (ARP).
“They left the company shortly before the expiry of the contract between this company and the ARP, and immediately started the Ditlodi Community Development Co-operative. Within a matter of two months they were then awarded a contract to continue the community liaison work for the ARP from April 2015, earning around R161,000 per month,” Mashaba revealed.
The mayor even identified one of the protest “ringleaders” as an ANC ward councillor.
“Alex protests protect the ANC” – Mashaba
The region’s ANC youth league leader, Kenneth Mgaga, has been fingered as one of these ringleaders after video footage surfaced of him tearing down EFF posters during the protests.
Mashaba, however, failed to mention any names that have been implicated in the forensic investigation.
He implored South Africans to see the protests for what they allegedly were: A smoke screen used by the ANC to protect those who benefitted from the looting of the ARP.
“What is clearly emerging is that the events in Alexandra over the past two weeks have little to do with the very legitimate grievances of the people of Alexandra. The protests have hijacked these grievances and have been used to protect the financial interests of [certain] people,” he said.