- Herman Mashaba says that some of the leaders of the Alexandra protests had a shady contract with the previous city administration
- He said they were encouraging the protests in order to advance their own interests
- Mashaba added that the ANC was trying to use the protests to win the upcoming election
Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba has accused two of the organisers of the Alexandra protests of doing so in order to stop an investigation into shady deals they made with the city.
Mashaba made the claims in a statement released on Wednesday.
He also alleged that the ANC was using the legitimate concerns of the Alexandra residents to advance their own agenda and increase their chances of winning the upcoming election.
This comes after Mashaba previously questioned how the previous ANC-led city administration spent the funds set aside for the Alexandra Renewal Project.
Now, the mayor claims that some of the leaders of the Alexandra protests were awarded dubious contracts by the ANC administration with relation to the Project, according to The Citizen.
Mashaba said these leaders had a "vested interest" in encouraging the protests, Briefly.co.za has learned.
He was referring to two Alexandra protest leaders, Sandile Mavundla and Tefo Raphadu. He says they are also directors of a company which had a contract with the city, which Mashaba's administration terminated earlier this year.
Several service delivery protests have broken out across Gauteng in recent weeks, although the most intense have been in Alexandra. The residents of the township demanded that Mashaba address them and here their grievances, but he was booed off stage during a meeting at a community hall on Monday.
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