ANC head of elections Fikile Mbalula took to Twitter to chastise Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba for having “failed the people of Alex”. A shutdown is currently taking place in Alexandra township.
Angry residents say the city of Johannesburg has failed to stop the mushrooming of illegal structures in the area, while some have reported that the protest is over a lack of service delivery in general. In all caps, Mbalula took Mashaba to task for alleged “failed programs, failed governance, failed leadership”. He also added several hashtags, asking “Where is Mashaba?” and alleging that the mayor was missing in action.
However, the DA soon clapped back with allegations of their own, suggesting that the shutdown was “a coordinated ploy by Luthuli House”. They provided no evidence for this claim. “Mayor Mashaba is always present on the ground in Alex, and has invested significantly,” the party’s Gauteng Twitter account continued.
READ MORE: UPDATE: ANC in Alexandra endorses total shutdown, lashes Mashaba “Where is the Alex rejuvenation money, Mr Mbalula?” the tweet further alleged. EFF leader Julius Malema also reacted to Mbalula’s tweet, albeit through a retweet rather than directly. He retweeted lawyer and social activist Tumi Sole – a Twitter user whose views are often shared by Malema – who directed a couple of questions at Mbalula.
“Are you seriously going to electioneer about Alex? What has the ANC done to date with regards to Alex?” he asked.