Herman Mashaba feels the heat after rejection by Alex residents
Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba was criticised by many on social media after being rejected by residents when he visited Alexandra township on Monday.
Following service delivery protests in Alex that started two weeks ago, residents have been demanding Mashaba address them and attend to their grievances.
On Monday night, Mashaba met Alex residents as part of the Integrated Development Plan.
The mayor was heckled and blocked from addressing the residents by disrupters at the Malboro Community Centre.
Mashaba blamed the disruptions on the ANC, saying the ruling party was using "poor and vulnerable" residents.
The DA and the ANC have been pointing fingers at each other regarding the lack of service delivery in Alex.
In a statement, the mayor accused the ANC of "generating political protests" in the city. Service delivery protests also broke out in Soweto and Kagiso last week.
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Mashaba was criticised by some on social media for pinning the disruptions on the ANC and not dealing with the issues raised by Alex residents. Others felt that the residents should have given the mayor the opportunity to address them.
But the fact remains they are still residents of Alex and desrve better service irrespective of political affiliation— Rumani Azwi (@rumani1000) April 16, 2019
U failed dismally Mayor -— Willy Ledwaba (@FreeLefase) April 16, 2019
1. U failed to attend community when they called u first time
2. Instead of going to Alex to adress community u go to Marlboro
U missed all opportunities - u didn't act like a mayor FACT
But why, why now, leadership must learn to take community matters very serious. @HermanMashaba chose to walk his dog because it was a routine not to be missed, and the community meeting was long scheduled after dog walk. He must walk his dog in Alex, unless the dog likes Sandton— Derick Thikithana (@derickshangwi) April 16, 2019
It's very sad that Alex residents will blame Herman Mashaba who's only been at the helm for 2 years, but they don't see David Makhura n the whole ANC wrong for Alex's lack of service delivery.— PM Komako. (@KekeMaxJr) April 15, 2019