- Herman Mashaba has offered a response to criticism form the protesting Alexandra residents
- He told them that he had 5 million citizens and 200 informal settlements to oversee
- The residents were upset that Mashaba had not personally visited them to hear their grievances
Herman Mashaba has responded to criticism relating to his handling of the recent Alexandra shutdown.
This comes after protesting residents demanded that the Johannesburg mayor pay them a visit personally to hear their concerns.
They were unhappy that a representative visited them rather Mashaba himself.
The Alexandra residents have been staging a shutdown over issues in the township, such as substance abuse and an increase in illegal dwellings. They say that local government needs to do more to address their concerns.
Mashaba address the criticism by saying that he oversaw a city of 5 million people, along with 200 informal settlements. He seemed to imply that he had many citizens' concerns to deal with, and so did not necessarily have the time to address each area's concerns personally, Briefly.co.za gathered.
This came after an incident on Twitter on Wednesay in which Fikile Mbalula hit out at Mashaba and blamed him for the issues plaguing Alexandra. This quickly led to a Twitter spat, with both the DA and Julius Malema weighing in.
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According to Eyewitness News, the protests in Alexandra have been suspended, at least temporarily. However, there are police reports of protests flaring up in other areas. Residents have been seen burning tyres and barricading roads.
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