Maimane says service delivery protests are ANC ploy to undermine DA

Maimane says service delivery protests are ANC ploy to undermine DA

- Mmusi Maimane says the ANC is behind the recent service delivery protests in Gauteng and the Western Cape

- He says the protests are a political ploy aimed at damaging the DA

- Maimane says he has written to the police commissioner to intervene in protests which have turned violent

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DA leader Mmusi Maimane says that the recent service delivery protests in places like Alexandra and Tshwane are an attempt by the ANC to undermine the party.

He says the ANC is trying to make DA-led cities ungovernable.

Maimane also alleges that the ANC is trying to shift blame for the service delivery failures onto the DA ahead of the May election.

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This comes after protests broke out in various parts of the Western Cape and Gauteng, mostly due to service delivery complaints. In some places, protesters have burned tyres and barricaded roads.

In Alexandra, protesters have demanded that Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba personally visit the township to hear residents' grievances. 

In some cases, these protests have turned violent.

As a result, Maimane says he has written to the National Police Commissioner to request that police officers intervene to prevent further violence, according to IOL.

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The protests have become a political football between the ANC and the DA. The ANC says the DA has failed these residents, while the DA mainatains that the ANC has incited these protests in order to score political points, has learned.

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Herman Mashaba, for example, said he would visit the residents of Alexandra and account for his two years in office, provided that his predecessor, Parks Tau, did the same.

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