There may well be truth to Joburg Mayor Herman Mashaba's claim that the ANC has 'orchestrated' the Alexandra protests as part of an election tactic. Political risk analyst, Matlala Setlhalogile, has claimed that the man leading the protests is ANCYL member Kenneth Mgaga, the same man who had been spotted tearing down EFF posters in the township.
ANCYL member Kenneth Mgaga was caught red-handed when photos surfaced of him pulling down EFF posters in Alexandra.
According to The Citizen, Matlala Setlhalogile, a political risk analyst, has connected the dots and figured out that Mgaga is the same man speaking to the media as a leader of the ongoing service delivery protests.
Briefly.co.za reported earlier that DA's Herman Mashaba had accused the ruling party of being behind the protests, claiming that the ANC was using residents of the township as an election tactic in the hotly-contested metro.
Mgaga, who had once been the chairperson for the ANCYL in Alexandra, and who is now the Youth League's deputy chairperson, has denied the allegation:
“We do not belong to anybody. We have different political parties, but we came here as members of the community, not members of the ANC. Members of the ANC, the EFF, the DA and other parties are all here."
Mgaga had been referred to as a 'community leader' in an eNCA story on the protests, during which he had been burning tyres for 'attention'. The SABC had quoted him as a leader of the community as well, further cementing the notion that he was a key figure in the protests.
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