- President Cyril Ramaphosa kept his word and visited the residents of Alexandra township
- He addressed a huge crowd and shared his disdain for the lack of service delivery
- Ramaphosa demanded that action be taken by Herman Mashaba and the municipality to improve the situation
President Cyril Ramaphosa paid a visit to the residents of Alexandra township today.
The area has been the scene of much unrest as a result of the Alex shutdown.
Ramaphosa addressed the huge crowd that gathered as the African National Congress (ANC) continued with their election campaign.
The residents have been complaining about the lack of service delivery from the local municipality.
Ramaphosa addressed these issues and took a swipe at Johannesburg Mayor, Herman Mashaba, in the process.
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and Democratic Alliance (DA) have accused the ANC of inciting the destructive protests, but Ramaphosa failed to see how it was possible.
He went on to explain that it remains the mayor’s responsibility to resolve issues faced by his municipality.
The president acknowledged the memorandum submitted by the residents and agreed that the sewage issues, illegal occupation and pollution were all unacceptable.
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Ramaphosa said that human waste is running through the township and that the municipality should call in the experts to have drains unblocked.
Alex residents have been calling on Mashaba to make an appearance, but the mayor confirmed he would only be able to visit on 15 April due to his demanding schedule.
A coy Ramaphosa said he’d give the municipality a chance to act first before intervening.
He rounded off his talk by urging voters to make the right choice on 8 May.
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