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Mashaba: ‘ANC has been trying to sabotage DA from day one’

Mayor Mashaba has confirmed that he will be in Alexandra to attend to people’s grievances.

City of Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba during a media briefing on 9 April 2019. Picture: Abigail Javier/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba says he’s not going to Alexandra on Monday to lie to residents like President Cyril Ramaphosa did when he visited the area.

Ramaphosa visited the troubled township on Thursday and promised that the government will deliver to some of their demands.

The president also promised that his administration will build a million RDP houses for them.

Members of the community have been protesting demanding better services.

There's been a war of words between the African National Congress (ANC) and Democratic Alliance (DA) over the Alex protest accusing each other of lack of services.

Mashaba has confirmed that he will be in Alexandra to attend to people’s grievances.

“The ANC from day one of this administration they come to the IDP sessions and disrupt them, but ultimately the people are the ones who always give us a chance to listen to and we listened to them because the budget has to respond to the needs of the community.”

‘GOVT MUST ACT’

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) said the plight of residents in Alexandra should be addressed by the government.

The commission has called on political parties not to use the troubled area as an election campaign tool.

Officials from the City of Joburg, the Gauteng Corporative Governance Department and the Premier's office have been subpoenaed to appear before the commission on Thursday, to answer allegations of socio-economic infringements in the township.

Angry residents blocked roads leading into the area with rubble, burning tyres and rocks as they led the #AlexShutdown demonstrations.

The commission's Buang Jones said, “We use this opportunity to inform the city; the mayor didn’t know that the commission to convene a formal inquiry, no one knew in this room. So, we thought this is a perfect opportunity to announce the commission’s intentions.

“This public inquiry will also be extended to the community of Alexandra where members of the community will be invited to share their lived experiences.”

On Thursday, Ramaphosa visited the troubled area and promised residents that the government will attend to some of their grievances.

The commission said it will send a team to Alexandra on Monday and Tuesday to gather information to prepare for the public inquiry.

Jones said they have invited senior officials from different government departments in Gauteng and Johannesburg.

Ramaphosa has instructed his ministers to come up with a plan to resolve the issues in the area.

Mashaba has confirmed he will visiting Alexandra on Monday.

Mashaba on Friday met with councillors from various political parties from Alexandra to address their grievances.

Mashaba and speaker of council Vasco da Gama said they were disappointed that ANC representatives had shunned the discussions.

Those who were present at the meeting included councillors from the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) as well MMCs of finance, development planning, housing, and public safety as well as representatives from the SAHRC.

Mashaba called on the parties to put their political differences aside and work for the people of South Africa.

EFF councillors said the DA constantly blamed the ANC while the ANC blames apartheid.

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