- Herman Mashaba has thrown shade at Cyril Ramaphosa over the Alexandra protests
- He says Ramaphosa wants him to "drop everything" and visit Alexandra, when Ramaphosa did not even visit Marikana
- Mashaba added that the issue had become personal
Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba has complained that Cyril Ramaphosa expects him to visit Alexandra, while Ramaphosa never visited Marikana.
Mashaba made the comments at a press briefing.
This comes after Mashaba was booed off the stage by Alexandra residents at a community hall where he was speaking.
Mashaba had intended to chair an Integrated Development Plan meeting in Marlboro to discuss Alexandra's issues, but the session was unable to take place because ANC supporters heckled speakers and disrupted the proceedings.
Some residents reportedly threw water bottles and pieces of paper at the mayor, according to IOL.
This is the latest in rising tensions between the ANC and DA over the Alexandra protests. The ANC blames the DA for failing to provide adequate service delivery to the township, while the DA maintains that the ANC is encouraging the protests to score political points.
Additionally, both parties have blamed the other for Alexandra's problems. For example, Mashaba said he would go to Alexandra to account for his two years in office, as long as his predecessor, Parks Tau, came with to account for his nine years in office.
Now it appears that the tensions have become personal. Ramaphosa said recently that Mashaba was too afraid to address the residents of Alexandra.
In response, Mashaba blasted the president, questioning how "he has the guts to tell me to leave everything and go to Alexandra".
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