- Alexandra residents reportedly disrupted an event at which Herman Mashaba was speaking
- Mashaba said he was disappointed by the incident
- Additionally, he blamed the ANC for exploiting the Alexandra protests
Johannesburg mayor, Herman Mashaba, was booed off the stage by Alexandra residents at the Marlboro community hall on Monday night.
The residents were angry over crime and housing issues in Alexandra, as well as a lack of development.
Mashaba, however, claims that Cyril Ramaphosa and Gauteng Premier David Makhura are using the protests as a way to score political points.
Mashaba went on to complain that his meeting had been hijacked by ANC supporters after the protesters drowned him out and made it impossible for the audience to hear the mayor. He added that he was disappointed by the incident.
Mashaba said it was particularly saddening, as the event was an attempt to hear people's input regarding the budget that he is going to present to council, according to Eyewitness News. He said the event was not a show of empty politicking.
Mashaba added that Alexandra faced genuine issues, which could only be addressed by national and local government working together.
In addition, Mashaba slammed Cyril Ramaphosa's recent pledge to provide Alexandra with 1 million houses over the next five years. Mashaba described the president's statements as "empty promises", Briefly.co.za has learned.
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