MEC Maile cautions against Alexandra Shutdown
"The right to protest is enjoyed by all communities, as enshrined in the Constitution, and law enforcement agencies, especially the police must not use excessive force to muzzle dissent", charged MEC Maile.
He continued "the Alexandra Shutdown must be as peaceful as possible, and government services must not be disrupted, including those going to work shouldn't be affected".
MEC Maile has made an undertaking to meet with community leaders of Alexandra Total Shutdown to update them on the work done thus far by Inter-Ministerial Team on Alexandra that was appointed by President Ramaphosa.
MEC Maile has urged the City of Johannesburg (CoJ) to work closely with Provincial Government to speedily attend to the grievances of the protesting community.
"Mayor Cllr Herman Mashaba must work with us to resolve all the issues raised by Alexandra community. We have a duty to serve our people irrespective of their party logos or political preferences during the last elections", said MEC Maile.
MEC Maile has cautioned the community "to use the protest as a last resort after exhausting all avenues. Service delivery related protests are mostly hijacked by rogue elements for personal interests and for acts of criminality, whilst genuine demands of our communities are compromised”.
Issued by the Gauteng Department of Human Settlements. For more information contact Castro Ngobese, Spokesperson: MEC for Human Settlements, Urban Planning and COGTA: on Castro.Ngobese@gauteng.gov.za or Cellphone: 060 997 7790