Mashaba: Opening of clinic in Alexandra cancelled due to thuggery

Alexandra residents have accused Herman Mashaba of trying to take credit for the newly built clinic.

A woman and child walk past a burning barricade in Alexandra, put in place to close the road to the new clinic that was meant to be opened. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba say the opening of the River Park Clinic in Alexandra was cancelled on Tuesday morning as a result of thuggery, while Jozi@Work employees say he’s to blame.

Alexandra residents have accused Mashaba of trying to take credit for the newly built clinic, saying it’s the African National Congress (ANC) that should be praised.

Protesters earlier blocked the street leading to the facility with burning “City of Joburg” banners, rubble and tyres.

Mashaba says the ANC is to blame for the new clinic remaining shut because the party is doing everything possible to stop him from delivering services to residents.

“This is a project built by government and not by political parties.”

But Mpho Moerane from the ANC in Alexandra says that’s simply not true.

“It’s better if Parks Tau comes to open the clinic.”

Jozi@Work residents tried to enter the clinic but police were quick to block the entrance.

Workers have also used the opportunity to blame Mashaba for cancelling the Jozi@Work programme.

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