Police on high alert as Herman Mashaba set to visit Alexandra

Police on high alert as Herman Mashaba set to visit Alexandra

- Herman Mashaba will meet with Alexandra residents and councillors today

- He says he is putting together a task team to address the township's grievances

- However, police say the threat of further violent protests is high

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Johannesburg mayor, Herman Mashaba, is set to visit Alexandra on Monday following several days of service delivery protests in the township.

Mashaba says he is looking forward to the visit despite reports that many Alexandra residents are unhappy that he has not yet addressed them.

However, the police are on high alert and have put measures in place to guard against more violent protests in Alexandra.

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Mashaba is expected to meet with several councillors in Alexandra on his visit. The mayor said that he wanted to engage with the ANC councillors in particular, whom he says are leading the protests.

He urged the councillors to put aside their political differences in order to collaborate on a solution, according to Eyewitness News.

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Additionally, Mashaba said he was not afraid to speak to the Alexandra residents, despite suggestions from Cyril Ramaphosa that he was. 

This comes as the Alexandra protests have turned into a political football between the DA and ANC, with each party blaming the other for the situation, Briefly.co.za has learned.

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Tensions still appear to be running high in various parts of Gauteng where several service delivery protests have broken out.

Police have said that they are treating the situation seriously, although they claimed that for security reasons they could not reveal to the media the exact steps that have taken to prevent further violence, according to City Press.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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