Alexandra residents to embark on a total shutdown on wednesday

June 04,2014. Generic pic of Alexandra towship. Pic: Simphiwe Nkwali. © Sunday Times.

Alexandra residents in Ward 105 are planning to bring everything to a standstill in the township on Wednesday, 3 April when they embark on a service delivery #AlexTotalShutdown Campaign.

The campaign initiators said the campaign is aimed at highlighting and raising awareness about the failures of the City of Johannesburg in stopping the mushrooming of illegal structures and lawlessness in the area. “We as the residents of Alex have decided to embark on a total shutdown tomorrow, to air and raise our grievances about poor service delivery in the area.

“In February this year, we handed over the memorandum of grievances to the City’s Region E offices in Sandton. We told them that we are sick and tired of lawlessness and mushrooming of illegal structures and shacks in Alex.

“There is poor service delivery in the area and the municipality seems not to be interested in addressing these issues. There will be no schooling, no taxis and everything will be on a standstill until we get the answers from the City.”

The councillor of ward 105, Tefo Raphadu confirmed that the residents have informed them as councillors in the area about the planned shutdown. “We are aware of the shutdown by Alexandra residents tomorrow and we do support them in their call for better service delivery.

“We’ve been raising and reporting to the Council about these issues raised by the residents but there’s a lack of will from the City’s side to deal with these issues.”

Alexandra Police Station spokesperson Captain Stephen Malatjie said the police are aware of the campaign and they will be monitoring the situation to ensure that ‘no one is hurt or robbed of his or her rights tomorrow’.