JOHANNESBURG - Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba said on Monday he was seeking cooperation with the Gauteng provincial government to grapple with problems in Lenasia township which has seen protests over land.
Lenasia South residents took to the streets on Friday, barricading roads with rocks and burning tyres to vent their anger over land invasions in the area.
On Monday, Mashaba said he had written to Gauteng member of the executive council for human settlements, urban planning, cooperative governance and traditional affairs Lebogang Maile "to achieve a joint approach to addressing the complex problems in the area".
Mashaba's Democratic Alliance runs Johannesburg municipality which incorporates Lenasia, while Maile's national ruling African National Congress runs the broader Gauteng province.
In his statement, Mashaba said at the heart of the issue were two competing and highly complex challenges facing the government at all levels.