In the face of rising tension of poor service delivery, South Africa president Cyril Matamela Ramaphosa has asked DA Herman Mashaba to stop giving excuses and step down for failing the people, and causing chaos in Johannesburg.
The president expressed disappointment at the mayor’s response to the crisis.
“Where is Mashaba? The mayor has said he is not going to come now, and I said let me wait so that the mayor who is responsible should come first,” he said.
“He should not be scared of his people. Mashaba should have come to address you as the mayor. If there are problems, the president should not come first,” said Ramaphosa, wearing his ANC colours.
“He should be able to face the community, now he blames ANC,” said Ramaphosa.
“There should never be excuses, if you’re failing, step aside so that others may step in.”
Ramaphosa, was joined by Gauteng Premier David Makhura, assured Alexandra residents that their message that they were “sick and tired of poor service delivery” was heard throughout the country owing to the Shutdown Alexandra protest.
He asked that a report be submitted to outline what roles local, provincial and national government could play and urged all spheres to work together to resolve the issues.
“In the spirit of Thuma Mina I am saying this is the law. We must make sure the concerns of the people of Alexandra must be addressed. My comrades and colleagues are here. They are going to do it in the government. It is not representing the ANC, they are representing the people of South Africa,” he said.
Despite his insistence that the Alexandra issues would be dealt with as government and that delegates would not represent the ANC, he advised residents to vote and said now was the time and urged them to vote ANC.
He chanted, “First ballot paper vote ANC, second ballot paper vote ANC.”