JOHANNESBURG – Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba will meet Alexandra residents in ten days time.
Residents in the area have been protesting over service delivery for the past few days.
They have had called for a meeting with Mashaba since their protest commenced on Wednesday.
“As the Executive Mayor, I will be leading an engagement with the people of Alexandra regarding their grievances,” Mashaba said.
“I have done so on many occasions in the past, and I am certain, I will on many occasions in the future.
“I have noted erroneous reports that I was due to engage the residents of Alexandra today. I believe this has been maliciously reported, as I was due to lead a Civic Funeral in the City of Johannesburg at the same time and could not have made such a commitment.”
Mashaba says although the protest in the area is legitimate, it has now been hijacked by those seeking to advance their political interests.
“The protests that have arisen this week have their roots in very legitimate grievances of the community in Alexandra,” Mashaba said.
“Unfortunately they have been hijacked by those who seek to advance political interests, right up until the level of the president.”