Mashaba vows to rebuild shacks, supply power after Alex demolition

Mashaba vows to rebuild shacks, supply power after Alex demolition

- Joburg mayor Herman Mashava has vowed to rebuild the shacks that were demolished in Alexandra on Friday

- He also said electricity would be installed in the area

- Mashaba said these measures would be implemented following a full assessment of the site to be conducted next week Tuesday

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Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba says that he and a team of council officals will visit Alexandra next week in order to examine the situation with regard to the shacks that were demolished by the Red Ants on Friday.

Earlier this week, Mashaba visited the site of the demolished structures. 

The mayor said that his office did know about the demolitions before they took place.

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Additionally, Mashaba said that the demolition of the shacks did not go through official channels. 

On Friday, the Red Ants demolition specialists (along with some metro police) began to tear down several illegal structures that had been erected by Alexandra residents. 

This triggered a substantial backlash from many residents, who claimed that they were being treated unfairly by local government. 

Mashaba said he was "personally angry" by the incident and had demanded a full report from Johannesburg Metro Police Department, according to News24.

He added that the demolition took place without the approval of the mayor's office or of the multi-party city government as a whole. 

Mashaba also proposed measures to remedy the situation. He urged residents to co-operate with the City in rebuilding the structures, and also promised that electricity would be installed in the area.

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He said these would be implemented following a full inspection of the site next week Tuesday, Briefly.co.za has gathered.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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