Alexandra township residents gather in front of the Gauteng local municipal offices in Sandton to hand over a memorandum of their demands for better service delivery, April 8 2019 Picture: AFP/WIKUS DE WET
Alexandra township residents gather in front of the Gauteng local municipal offices in Sandton to hand over a memorandum of their demands for better service delivery, April 8 2019 Picture: AFP/WIKUS DE WET

Your editorial opinion refers (Put Alex and the people first, April 9). The editor is wrong when he says DA Gauteng premier candidate Solly Msimanga is laying charges against the community of Alexandra. The DA has laid charges against the ANC ward councillors who have been identified as the ringleaders of a carefully co-ordinated campaign to stoke violence and anarchy in Alex.

DA Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba is also not running away from the situation. In fact, Mashaba has written to President Cyril Ramaphosa to invite him to address the people of Alex in tandem, as the situation requires the attention of all three spheres of government to reverse 25 years of failure and rebuild a broken community.

While the DA has been willing to engage with the community from day one, ANC ward councillors have instead chosen to fuel fires by running a disinformation campaign and spurring the community to engage in criminal acts. This is despicable behaviour and needs to be strongly condemned. 

The ANC had 22 years to improve the lives of the people of Alex, while the DA has only been in charge for less than three years. In this time, among other developmental projects, the DA has electrified 686 stands, opened two new clinics (with a third on the cards), extended operating hours at the River Park Clinic, provided substance-abuse treatment facilities, allocated R20m to begin construction of the Alexandra sports and youth development safe hub, replaced water and sewer pipes, constructed a pedestrian bridge, completed the Alexandra automotive hub, opened an Alexandra opportunity centre and installed 100 new public lights.

The ANC is running scared due to falling poll numbers as corruption among ANC officials and representatives on its parliamentary list begins to take its toll. This situation in Alex is a desperate ANC bid to create chaos and undermine the DA.

Solly Malatsi
DA national spokesperson