EFF leader Julius Malema has criticised Joburg mayor Herman Mashaba for failing to address residents of Alexandra who embarked on a shutdown of the township.
Addressing the media during a media conference at the party's head office on Wednesday‚ Malema said that although the EFF was of the view that the protest was instigated by the ANC for electioneering purposes‚ they believed that the grievances raised were genuine.
Mashaba‚ he said‚ should have developed a thick skin and gone to address the community on the second day of the protest.
"People are saying we are quiet about Alex. You want us to support an ANC disruption of a township‚ we cannot do that and we will not do it‚" said Malema.
"Let them go on and instigate it, but they must know that it's going to spread like a wild fire into the municipalities that they [ANC] are governing."
It's going to backfire big time," he said.
"There is no mess which was created by DA in Alex, the DA found that mess there and it's not doing anything about it, that's the only problem."