Blameshifting is a pre-poll taster

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NEWS ANALYSISThe wrangling around the #AlexShutDown protests has exposed pre-election politics in all its gritty pettiness.

Amid the noise of a mayor who would not face residents of his city, a governing party shutting its eyes to its own past failures and accusations being flung around of orchestrated discontent, the fact remains that the plight of the people of Alexandra continues to be dire, a quarter-century into democracy. READ MORE: Ramaphosa addresses Alexandra, says he thought Mashaba would have come firstOne of the country’s oldest townships in South Africa’s largest city took centre stage this week when a group of protesters made their way across the highway into the richest square mile on the continent, Sandton, to hand over a memorandum to the Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba.

Last Friday, Municipal IQ, a data and intelligence service, announced a record high number of service delivery protests countrywide in the first quarter of 2019.

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