President Cyril Ramaphosa tosses #Alex hot potato to mayor Herman Mashaba

Residents of Alexandra brought the northern Johannesburg township to a standstill on Wednesday when they embarked on a service-delivery protest dubbed #AlexTotalShutdown.
Residents of Alexandra brought the northern Johannesburg township to a standstill on Wednesday when they embarked on a service-delivery protest dubbed #AlexTotalShutdown.
Image: Alon Skuy/TimesLIVE

ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa, on the campaign trail in Diepsloot ahead of the general elections next month, has  urged  Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba to hear the cries of the people of Alexandra.

This comes after the northern Johannesburg township's residents protested on Wednesday about service delivery.

President Ramaphosa said Johannesburg was more than capable of tackling the issue and urged Mashaba to "heed" the community's complaints.

"The people there (in Alex) have been complaining about issues of service delivery and are pleading with the mayor (Mashaba) to go and address them.

"Those are issues which are in the realm of local government and we urge the local government to pay heed and address the needs of our people," President Ramaphosa said.


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