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Alex shutdown leaders optimistic after meeting Inter-ministerial task team

ALEXANDRA– We had an opportunity to meet with the shutdown committee so that they comprehensively table their grievances.

 


The leadership of the Alexandra Total Shutdown service delivery protest has temporally suspended their protest activities to give time to the inter-ministerial task team time to work out issues raised by residents.

This was after the residents of Alexandra went rampage embarking on a violent total shutdown protest on 3 April this year demanding better service delivery from the City of Johannesburg.

The protest forced President Cyril Ramaphosa to descend from Pretoria to come and listens to the residents’ concerns. After meeting with the leaders of the protest on 11 April in Altrec Sports Complex the president established an inter-ministerial task team to probe issues raised by residents.

On 17 April this year, the inter-ministerial task team led by the minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Zweli Mkhize held its first meeting with the leaders of the Alex Total Shutdown behind closed doors in Altrec Sports Complex.

Protesters blockades streets with burning tyres during Alex total shutdown protest. Photo: Nduduzo Nxumalo.

Speaking to the media after the meeting with the shutdown delegation Mkhize said it was clear that there was indeed a crisis in terms of service delivery in the area.

“We had an opportunity to meet with the shutdown committee so that they comprehensively table their grievances. They’ve raised their issues and we were able to separate the acute issues around service delivery and we believe that there is indeed a crisis in terms of service delivery that needs immediate attention,”

He said the inter-ministerial task team will convene another meeting with the leaders of the shutdown on 23 April this year to present a way forward and their action plan on issues raised by the residents.

Bobby Solomons the spokesperson of the shutdown committee said they were optimistic that the inter-ministerial committee will provide solutions to the issues faced by residents of Alexandra.

“We’ve presented all the issues faced and raised by the residents to the inter-ministerial committee tonight and agreed with them that protest activities will be suspended for now to give them time to work out issues raised. We are hoping that something will be done to resolve this situation,” said Solomons.

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