Solly Msimanga asks police to probe ANC involvement in Alex protests

Democratic Alliance Gauteng premier candidate Solly Msimanga at the Alexandra police station.
Democratic Alliance Gauteng premier candidate Solly Msimanga at the Alexandra police station.
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Democratic Alliance Gauteng premier candidate Solly Msimanga has laid criminal charges against the African National Congress for allegedly inciting violence at Alexandra.

Msimanga says the recent protest action‚ which resulted in Alexandra residents burning tyres and blocking several major roads into the area‚ were coordinated by the governing party "in order to influence the outcome of the general elections" next month.

He claims to have evidence of the ANC's involvement.

"I presented the [police] with evidence of how the ANC was conspiring to instigate violence by coordinating plans with local affiliates on the ground to embark on violent protest actions‚ and sow anarchy. The DA has seen WhatsApp messages from a South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco) group‚ where activities aimed against Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba were coordinated‚" Msimanga said in a statement.

"Furthermore‚ we have seen a WhatsApp exchange where one of the organisers infers that their actions are being supported by the ANC. Further digging on social media revealed that the organisers were wearing ANC regalia…The protest is being led by ANC ward councillors‚ and not the legitimate community leadership who have raised issues with the City of Johannesburg. The councillors have resisted any attempt to hand over a memorandum to the City of Johannesburg and have blocked efforts by the City to hold meetings with community leadership."

The protests were as result of a lack of service delivery‚ rampant crime and construction of illegal dwellings in the area.

Msimanga issued this challenge to the ANC: "If they are serious about this issue‚ they will join us for a public meeting in Alex so they can answer for their time in office."

Residents of Alexandra have escalated their plea for help with service delivery by taking it to President Cyril Ramaphosa, as they feel that Joburg mayor Herman Mashaba has failed them. Residents marched to the city's regional head offices in nearby Sandton on April 8 2019, calling on mayor Mashaba to come and speak to them.

Source: TMG Digital.

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