From the president’s speech, it is clear that billions meant to alleviate poverty for the poor is often been stolen by government officials.
Ramaphosa said he was not happy with daily protests in the area. “We will make sure that your councillors and mayors work for you. The stealing of money must stop,” said Ramaphosa.
Ramaphosa also said that the controversial multibillion-rand Alex rejuvenation project would go ahead despite allegations that the money had been squandered by the ANC when it was still in charge of the City of Joburg.
He said government had an obligation to ensure that there were no illegal occupants who unlawfully built or erected structures on land. “Here in Alexandra, we are going to sort out the land issue, so that we will be able to build houses for you,” said Ramaphosa.
The protests, which began on April 3 with a total shutdown of the township, have been marred by political meddling.