Workers protest delay in opening of new clinic in Alexandra

Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba was supposed to open the new River Park Clinic this morning but had to cancel.

Police on scene during a protest by Jozi@Work employees on 28 February  2017. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG – The South African Police Service, Johannesburg Metro Police and the fire brigade are on scene in Alexandra where Jozi@Work employees are protesting.

Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba was supposed to open the new River Park clinic on Tuesday morning, but had to cancel due to the volatile situation on the ground.

Protesters have blocked the road to the new clinic.

A worker says they want Mashaba to bring back the Jozi@Work programme.

“There are already 8,000 people employed by this programme.”

Some protesters burned City of Johannesburg banners, saying they want answers from Mashaba after he cancelled the Jozi@Work programme.

Mashaba says the contract was only benefiting a few in the ANC and they will be relaunching an initiative.

‘PARKS TAU DESERVES CREDIT’

The African National Congress (ANC) in Alexandra says its disgusted by Mashaba for taking credit for the newly built River Park Clinic, claiming that former mayor Parks Tau deserve the recognition.

The ANC's Mpho Moerane says it would only be fair if Tau were to take credit for the clinic he and his team set up when they were in office.

“He must get credit. The ANC administration built the clinic.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)