More blame games and pointing of fingers in the Alexandra debacle continues between political parties. This emerged in Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba’s meeting with councillors in Johannesburg on Friday.
The council meeting was held ahead of Mashaba’s scheduled visit to the embattled township on Monday.
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Residents have been protesting over service delivery issues in the area.
A meeting meant to plan for Monday’s visit turning into yet another blame game. Mashaba says, “Let me bring this into context. When the first wave of protests arose, us, as the City of Johannesburg, had no prior warning. The issue of Alexandra; we have got to be realistic and make sure that we don’t go out and lie to them.”
But ANC councillors accused the mayor of fuelling the tension in Alexandra.
DA councillor Shadrack Mkhonto says, “All of us we see that this is politics at play. It has nothing to do with the people of Alexandra.”
The EFF also jumped on the bandwagon. EFF councillor Moshe Mphahlele says, “The Alexandra issues; people need land and jobs. Nothing else! Nothing politicking! If you give them land and jobs they will vote according to their choices, not according to who mobilised them to go and march.”
A wave of protests erupted in the township over housing and poor service delivery.
The City says more than R160 million has been set aside to deal with service delivery issues in Alexandra.
The mayor will finally come face-to-face with irate residents on Monday.
An intergovernmental delegation is also expected in the area sometime next week.