City of Johannesburg mayor, Herman Mashaba, has made it clear that he will only address the Alexandra community if President Cyril Ramaphosa is there by his side.
Members of the Alexandra community have, since Wednesday, 3 April, been protesting against the lack of service delivery.
When the City’s MMC for public safety, Michael Sun, tried to receive the community’s memorandum on Mashaba’s behalf, he was turned away.
Why has Herman Mashaba refused to address Alex protesters?
Things escalated from thereon, and protesters moved their demonstration to Sandton, exacerbating the congestion of traffic on the N3 London off-ramp, Marlboro exit and M1.
At this point, protesters had waited too long for Mashaba to heed their calls. The Joburg mayor, instead of addressing the protesters and accepting their memorandum, opted to lay all blame of this unrest on the ANC.
For Mashaba, and largely the DA-led provincial government, this was another ploy by the ANC to gain political advantage in the run-up to the elections.
The community’s cries for better service delivery, a crime-free environment and better housing conditions, were still unheard on Monday.
Makhura confirms Cyril Ramaphosa visit to Alex
The ANC’s provincial chairperson, David Makhura, however, noted on Twitter that he would be in Alex on Tuesday to address protesters.
He lashed out at the DA-led government for politicising the peoples’ cries for help, calling its leadership out for being busy with “blame-shifting [and] not delivery”.
The DA is busy with blame-shifting, not delivery. I will meet with #AlexShutDown Committee on Tuesday, while President @CyrilRamaphosa will visit Alex on Thursday to address the grievances of the people of Alex. We are problem-solvers, not blame-shifters.
— David Makhura (@David_Makhura) April 7, 2019
Makhura confirmed that the president, who is currently on an election campaign tour in the Free State, would address the community on Thursday.
Mashaba, whose invitation has been revoked by the Alex community, said that he would like to appear next to the president on Thursday, to show that the problems Alex face are not a provincial, but a national issue.
Alex is not just [the] City of Johannesburg’s problem, we are a new government wherein a lot of promises have been made by the province and national government to people of Alexandra.
“So I have invited the president and the premier [and] I would be happy, if they would like me to join them, I am happy to join them,” Mashaba said.