ANC's Tony Yengeni tweets that tyres are waiting for Herman Mashaba

ANC's Tony Yengeni tweets that tyres are waiting for Herman Mashaba

- The DA has complained to the IEC over Tony Yengeni's recent tweet

- In the message, Yengeni seemed to imply that Herman Mashaba should be 'necklaced'

- The ANC, however, has dismissed the DA's criticism of the tweet

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ANC NEC member, Tony Yengeni, caught flak on social media after he tweeted a photo of tyres and implied that they were meant for Johannesburg mayor, Herman Mashaba.

The DA has since said that they will report Yengeni to the IEC over the tweet.

Yengeni's tweet was vague, but seemed to imply that Mashaba would be 'necklaced' - a notorious process whereby a tyre is place around a person's neck and then set alight.

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His tweet was in connection with the recent protests in Alexandra. In particular, several residents of the township had complained that Mashaba had not visited them personally to listen to their grievances.

Among those who condemned Yengeni's tweet was the DA's candidate for Gauteng premier, Solly Msimanga. He said that the tweet was an incitement to violence against Mashaba, according to News24. 

Msimanga went on to blame the ANC for the violence in Alexandra. He said the protests were a "political ploy" ahead of the upcoming election rather than a genuine protest over service delivery.

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In response, ANC spokesperson, Dakota Legoete, dimissed Msimanga's comments as just an attempt to grab attention. Legoete did not address Yengeni's tweet directly, but said that Mashaba should take ownership of the situation in Alexandra, has gathered.

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The Alexandra protests have become a political football between the ANC and DA, with both parties blaming the other for the problems in the township.

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