ANC blocks mayor's meeting with Rosettenville residents


City of Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba (right) at Sakhumzi Restaurant in Soweto on 31 January 2017.

JOHANNESBURG – City of Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba cut his Thursday meeting with residents of Rosettenville short due to ANC members who chanted and accused him of being disrespectful.

Community leader and ANC member Simphiwe Hlafa claimed Mashaba was being disrespectful for holding a meeting on the same day as President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation Address (Sona).

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“As residents of Rosettenville we have challenges but today’s meeting could wait. We should have been watching Sona. We appreciate that the mayor is attempting to resolve these issues, but not in a manner that seeks to divide our community and undermine the national government,” said Hlafa.

The DA had been running their ward for a long time but nothing new was going to happen in the meeting, he said.

“Today’s meeting was a direct provocation to the national government, so when you provoke the leading party, you are provoking us, the people who voted for the president.”

Hlafa said Nigerians were dealing in drugs in Rosettenville.

“We didn’t just wake up and target Nigerians, we know these brothels and when we got there they were all operated by them.”

Hlafa said they would meet as a community on Saturday and continue to raid properties suspected to be drug dens and brothels.

Mashaba said that it was his declaration to keep the streets of Rosettenville safe.

“I hate criminals with (a) passion, I will make their lives difficult. I know Rosettenville residents don’t want excuses from us, they want action. It is then my responsibility to make sure they are safe,” said Mashaba.

Mashaba urged community members to come forward with their grievances and said he would then meet with them and find a way forward.

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