Alexandra can be saved, says Linda Twala

The area was shut down two weeks ago, when residents took to the streets over poor service delivery and a housing crisis. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - One of Alexandra's elderly residents says the township can be saved.

But, only if there's enough political will.

The area was shut down two weeks ago when residents took to the streets over poor service delivery and a housing crisis.

75-year-old Linda Twala was born and bred in Alex.

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During Apartheid, his home was used as a meeting place for anti-state organisations.

He says the township has deteriorated drastically since then.

“We used to wake up at 3 am, speak to the community using loud hailing. We would have a vigorous education drive on how people should keep their homes clean, maybe it's the influx of people, but you need to tell people how to behave and keep their homes clean.”

“If you want to keep Alex clean you need more land. We need to demolish Alex block by block and build flats…,” added Twala.

Despite the several challenges, Twala remains firmly rooted in this township.

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