Protests as Political Pawns

Back in 2001, the ANC Gauteng Government set aside R1.7 billion for housing and infrastructure development in Alexandra, code named the ARP(Alexandra Renewal Project) which yielded no visible improvement on the people and infrastructure of Alexandra.

Paul Mashatile was Gauteng MEC for Human Settlements then. Jackob Mamabolo, Gauteng MEC for Infrastructure and Development, and Parks Tau continued where Mashatile left off – looting funds meant for Alexandra renewal projects.

These three as well as the previous Mayor, David Masondo, are responsible for the disaster that the ARP was. They must be held accountable for misappropriation of millions of funds meant to improve the lives of the people of Alexandra.

Today the same ANC has gone on a witch hunt, blaming the DA and Mayor, Herman Mashaba, for neglecting the people of Alexandra and lack of service delivery. But it was the ANC that neglected them for 22 years!

The DA has achieved a lot in Alexandra in a short space of time, more than what the ANC couldn’t achieve in 22 years.

Already the DA has built two new clinics – the Thoko Nongoma Clinic and the Rover Park Clinic –with the third in the pipeline.

The DA is credited with installing new public lights, refurbishing the Alexandra hostel and the construction of the Joe Nhlanhla bridge, as well as the R60 million Banekakeleng Hospice & Clinic. In stark contrast to the poor record of the ANC Gauteng Government in 22 years!

There were no similiar protests before this shutdown while the ANC was in power in the Jo’burg metro which shows that there is a sinister motive in the violent protest currently taking place.

Instead of improving the lives of the people of Alexandra, millions meant to uplift them, was squandered by the ANC leaders like Paul Mashatile, Parks Tau and Jackob Mamabolo!

Despite a massive R1.7 billion to refurbish the town, there is nothing today to show for the huge amount spent in that failed ANC project!

The genuine grievances of the people of Alexandra are being hijacked by the ANC who are faced with the reality of loosing Gauteng and are now resorting to dirty tricks to project the DA and its Mayor, Herman Mashaba in a bad light.

How insidious of the ANC!

By Lawrence Lolo Letsoalo

Photo: Zoe Postman from Groundup

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