Mashaba speaks out on Alexandra

Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba at this morning’s press conference.

The service delivery protests that affected roads in an around Alexandra last week and yesterday, when the N3 and Grayston Drive came to a standstill after disgruntled residents disrupted traffic, is really because of political sabotage, Johannesburg’s mayor has said.

Addressing a press conference he called earlier today, Herman Mashaba had no answers to why he had not yet been to Alex to address residents about issues concerning alleged poor waste removal, burst water pipes and complaints related to poor housing.

Instead Mashaba, who fielded questions on the same day Gauteng premier David Makhura visited the township, accused the ANC of purposefully seeking to destabilise an already troubled area weeks ahead of the May 8 national elections.

He said the DA-led council of Johannesburg had done as much as it could to stretch its budget of R245 million to cater for the needs of residents living in some 240 informal settlements spread throughout the city.

The most important problem, he said, was that Alex had around 400 people crammed into every square kilometre.

Taking a swipe at the media, he asked why journalists did not report on suspended ANC councillors involved in so-called disruptive tactics.

According to Mashaba his administration will within days reveal forensic details of how previous budgetary allocations, particularly set aside for improvements to Alex, had been misspent and misappropriated by the previous ANC-led council.


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