Johannesburg - The much anticipated "Alex Shut Down" began early Wednesday morning with hundreds of protesters marching to the City of Johannesburg regional offices in Sandton.
The protesters from Alexandra township also known as "Alex" were taking Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba to task for promising to rebuild "illegal" structures that were torn down by city authorities. They were also unhappy with the slow pace of fixing the ills in the area such as the leaking sewerage pipes, crime and grime.
Commenting on the protest, Mashaba said, "there can be no doubt that the Alex Shutdown Movement was a politically sponsored vehicle, driven for the purposes of the General Elections."
This was the second shut down protest in recent times.
Mashaba is a member of the Democratic Alliance and he is at logger heads with the African National Congress, which previously ran the city of Johannesburg. The mayor generally enjoys the support of the Economic Freedom Fighters.