Citizens are reacting to the apparent carefree gesture of president Cyril Ramaphosa, as he continues with his political campaign in the face of nationwide protest and outright violence in the country.
In his campaign speech, Ramaphosa promised to build a million houses for the residents of Alexandra, following protests over illegal housing structures, waste management and crime in the area.
Ramaphosa visited the area yesterday and addressed thousands of residents who have been calling for Joburg Mayor Herman Mashaba to address them over their grievances.
Mashaba has failed to meet the residents, saying that he would go on Monday because he was preparing the city’s Integrated Development Plan budget.
Ramaphosa criticised Mashaba saying: “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.”