As promised earlier, President Cyril Ramaphosa has arrived at Alexandra township, in Johannesburg, to talk with the local people who have been protesting over service delivery, housing and the rising crime level for over a week.
The country leader was briefed by the minister on the current situation and later began a door-to-door campaign, personally discussing burning issues with the residents.
A walkabout ended on the stadium where Ramaphosa was given a warm welcome.
Speaking before the crowd, the first citizen said that he arrived as Joburg Mayor Herman Mashaba, long-awaited in Alex, failed to do so.
“The mayor has said he is not going to come now, and I said let me wait so that the mayor who is responsible should come first,” the president explained on the stage.
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Mashaba previously did confirm that he would visit the community April 15.
Earlier, several other officials visited the protesting township. Gauteng Premier David Makhura, who was in that list, claimed that the Alexandra Renewal Project was extremely needed, adding that the problems raised by protesters were historical.