Herman Mashaba, Joburg mayor, has challenged President Cyril Ramaphosa to join him when he visits Alexandra to address riled community members. Ramaphosa had called on Mashaba to address his residents after the recent service delivery protests.
Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba has responded to President Cyril Ramaphosa's calls for him to address the community of Alexandra:
"Name the time and place, Mr President. I will be there. I wonder if you will be. I will account for the last two years of government and you can account for over two decades of government failure in Alexandra."
Briefly.co.za reported earlier this week that the township had risen to protest service delivery, claiming that the government had forsaken them.
Residents had demanded that the mayor should immediately present himself to them to answer for their grievances.
According to News24, Michael Sun, mayoral committee member, had been sent to address residents but had been ridiculed to the point where he had been forced to leave.
The riots had been suspended yesterday, with leaders calling for the Joburg mayor to address them at a mass meeting today instead.
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Should Mashaba fail to adhere to their requests, the community has pledged to intensify their protesting.
Mashaba is adamant that the ANC has 'hijacked' the grievances of the community in an attempt to use it as leverage ahead of the elections. The mayor is adamant that the 2016 elections had seen the former ANC Mayor Parks Tau signing the Alexandra statement of intent, which had heralded 'massive development' but had never been funded.
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