Alex residents eager to engage with Mashaba

Herman Mashaba
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The Alexandra Shutdown Committee says they are looking forward to Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba‘s visit to the township on Monday.

Earlier, residents said his visit will not change their plight and they were not happy about his visit now. Mashaba is expected to engage the residents in an effort to address their concerns.

The visit follows a spate of sporadic protests over the past two weeks which resulted in disruptions of schooling and businesses.

The residents are concerned about the mushrooming of illegal structures in the township, as well as the lack of service delivery.

Community leader Patrick Baloyi says, “What we will be demanding from Mashaba today is what we have been demanding for the past two weeks, that he come down and we engage. So we are looking forward for the meeting, but i am certain that he is going to meet arrogance just like he has been arrogant towards the people of Alexandra. The Premier and the President came and we also have mixed feelings about that. But we are looking forwards to Mashaba’s visit.”

Meanwhile, the South African Human Rights Commission has warned political parties against using the plight of residents of Alexandra.

The Commission along with the Public Protector Busiswe Mkhwebane have announced that they will combine efforts in a bid to get to the bottom of the mushrooming of illegal structures and service delivery complaints that have resulted in violent protests in the township.

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