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Residents begin to gather for #AlexShutdown

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ALEX SHUT DOWN

The planned peaceful march had a slow start today, but residents have begun to gather in Alex to march to Sandton.

The community of Alexandra has promised to continue with their total shutdown today, after Joburg mayor Herman Mashaba failed to attend a meeting he was allegedly invited to, Alex News reports.

However, Sandton Chronicle reports that roads leading to Sandton from Alexandra seem clear for now. It has been suggested that the march to Sandton may be postponed due to the rain.

The peaceful march was expected to start at 7am.

ALEX SHUT DOWN

One of the protest organisers, Sandile Mavundla, confirmed that residents would shut down every road entering Alexandra, which will include the N3 London off-ramp, Marlboro exit and M1.

Mavundla said he could not give more details of the shutdown to the media because it might compromise their plans.

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Grayston Drive from Alexandra to Sandton will be the most affected later on in the day as protesters threaten to march to the Region E offices in Sandton and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.

Mavundla said he could not give more details of the shutdown to the media because it might compromise their plans.

Meanwhile, Mashaba said he was unaware of the meeting with the community of Alexandra.

“I have noted erroneous reports that I was due to engage the residents of Alexandra today. I believe this has been maliciously reported, as I was due to lead a civic funeral in the city of Johannesburg at the same time, and could not have made such a commitment,” said Mashaba.

“I will be leading engagement with the people of Alexandra regarding their grievances. I have done so on many occasions in the past, and I am certain, I will on many occasions in the future.”

Earlier last week, Alexandra residents embarked on protest action against poor service delivery, high levels of crime and the issue of illegal land use, among other issues.

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Source: TheCitizen

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