DA and EFF slam Fikile Mbalula for blaming Alex shutdown on Mashaba

DA and EFF slam Fikile Mbalula for blaming Alex shutdown on Mashaba

- The EFF and DA have both criticised Fikile Mbalula over his Alexandra comments

- Mbalula had tried to blame the township's problems on Herman Mashaba

- The DA said the real problem was a lack of funds from national government, while Malema rweeted a person bashing Mbalula for using Alexandra to score political points

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In a rare moment of political unity, both the DA and the EFF have slammed Fikile Mbalula for trying to blame the shutdown in Alexandra on Johannesburg mayor, Herman Mashaba.

Residents in Alexandraa are holding a shutdown to voice their frustration with government for allowing illegal activities to expand in the township.

ANC head of elections, Fikile Mbaluka, took to Twitter to criticise Mashaba over the shutdown, but both the DA and Julius Malema clapped back.

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Mbalula said that Mashaba was responsible for Alexandra's problems. He blame the situation on Mashaba's "failed programmes, failed governance, failed leadership" and went on to "Where is Mashaba?", implying that the mayor was not doing enough to address the situation.

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The Twitter account for the Gauteng DA responded, alleging that the shutdown in Alexandra was a "coordinated ploy by Luthuli House". 

The DA insisted that Mashaba was deeply involved in the city, especially Alexandra, and said that the real problem was a lack of funds for the township from national government, Briefly.co.za has gathered.

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True to form, Julius Malema then joined the fray. Rather then comment directly, he retweeted Tumi Sole, a social activist, who was taking Mbalula to task, according to The Citizen.

Sole criticised Mbalula for using the situation in Alexandria to score political points.

"What has the ANC done to date with regards to Alex?" she tweeted.

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Source: Briefly News

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