17 April 2019

South Africa: Joburg Mayor's Yet to Be Presented IDP Plan Aims to Address Alex Residents Concerns

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A government task team is set to swoop into Alexandra to address community concerns after recent protests. The City of Johannesburg already has a plan but wasn't allowed to present it on Monday.

Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Zweli Mkhize will lead an inter-governmental task team to meet protest leaders in Alexandra on Wednesday after demonstrations in recent weeks put the township in the spotlight ahead of the 8 May elections.

With elections 20 days away, the ANC and DA continue to bicker over who has neglected and disrespected the people of Alexandra most: the ANC during its decades running Johannesburg or the DA's Mayor Herman Mashaba for taking weeks to visit the township during protests.

Both agree it has been neglected. In Mashaba's planned meeting in Marlboro on Monday, he was going to echo some of President Cyril Ramaphosa's sentiments in Alex days earlier.

"There is absolutely no question, the people of Alexandra have serious and long-standing grievances about their lived experiences. After 25 years of democracy, living conditions should be better here in Alexandra," began the mayor's 87-page presentation on the city's draft Integrated Development Plan (IDP).

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