Alexandra residents protest outside the municipal offices in Sandton against poor service delivery, crime and the mushrooming of shacks. Simphiwe Mbokazi African News Agency (ANA)
THE #AlexShutDown protest was due to continue on Tuesday  and no one was to be allowed into or out of the affected areas except for workers, learners and people needing medical attention.

Sandile Mavundla, one of the organisers of the event, said Monday's march to the Sandton municipal offices had gone well and protesters had "dispersed peacefully back into their homes in Alexandra”.

“We will continue blockading entrances on Tuesday and Wednesday. We are waiting for a visit by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday, and if he doesn't show up, the army will have to be called in to control people's anger,” he said.

On Monday, residents marched from Alexandra to Sandton to hand over a memorandum of grievances, after almost a week of protesting over lack of basic services, overcrowding and crime.

Mavundla said they had submitted a memorandum to the City of Joburg in February and never got a response, so they had resorted to protesting.

Residents are complaining about the lack of service delivery and the illegal occupation of land as well as the mushrooming of shacks. The dispute over Alexandra has become a political stand-off between the ANC and DA, with both parties blaming each other for the mess the township is in.

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