Johannesburg - The ANC and DA’s battle over Alexandra has degenerated into a public mudslinging contest.
While campaigning in the area on Thursday ahead of the May elections, President Cyril Ramaphosa slammed Joburg Mayor Herman Mashaba for refusing to visit the township which has been plagued by week-long protests over basic service delivery and illegal erection of shacks.
Violent protests have seen residents blocking roads with rocks, rubble and burning tyres.
Ramaphosa accused Mashaba and the DA-led metro of abandoning the township in terms of providing basic services, adding that it was riddled with filth.
“I have seen with my own eyes that the sewage is all over here in Alexandra. It is just flowing in the streets of Alexandra. I have all seen that there is rubbish all over this place. Local government should be the one that is fixing these things, but your municipality is scared of coming to you,” he said.