Mashaba leaves stage after Alex residents hurl insults, memorandum at him

Joburg Mayor Herman Mashaba eventually left the stage in Marlboro on Monday, where he was meant to address Alexandra residents who have been protesting over housing issues as well as crime affecting the community.

Johannesburg council speaker Vasco da Gama on stage at the Marlboro Community Centre on 15 April 2019 where Joburg Mayor Herman Mashaba was meant to meet with Alexandra residents. Picture: Bonga Dlulane/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – Some Alexandra residents at the Marlboro Community Centre are refusing to allow a planned meeting between Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba and the community to go ahead.

Some were singing songs laden with expletives on Monday evening aimed at the mayor, while others threw bits of paper at the stage.

Alexandra community members staged several demonstrations this month, calling on the government to act on crime and drugs problems. They've also called on leaders to address their housing issues.

Mashaba failed on two occasions to receive their memorandum of demands, prompting residents to call for President Cyril Ramaphosa and Gauteng Premier David Makhura to step in.

The president addressed a large crowd last week, a move Mashaba had described as “a cheap political stunt”.