Support and sympathy for Alex residents as protests continue

Alexandra residents have vowed to protest in Sandton on Monday.
Alexandra residents have vowed to protest in Sandton on Monday.
Image: Alon Skuy

Residents of Alexandra have received some public support and sympathy as they make their way to Sandton, north of Johannesburg.

Since last week, organisers of the #AlexShutDown planned to march to Sandton after Mayor Herman Mashaba failed to meet with the residents. Mashaba said that he would meet with them when they made an appointment with him.

Service delivery protests broke out in the township last week, causing disruption as some roads were closed. 

Some of the residents' grievances include illegal buildings and poor waste management in the township. 

On Thursday, the mayor of Johannesburg responded to a call by President Cyril Ramaphosa to address the community of Alexandra.

The mayor's office said they were waiting on community members to schedule a meeting. 

Gauteng premier David Makhura confirmed that Ramaphosa will visit Alexandra on Thursday to hear the grievances of the community.

The premier also said he would visit the township on Tuesday and meet with the #AlexShutDown committee. 

The protesters have received support from some members of the public as they take the action outside of Alexandra. 

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.

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