President Cyril Ramaphosa engaged with Twitter users during a live session on Monday, a move the Democratic Alliance (DA) branded as an electioneering plan.
There were a number of issues that arose from the interaction including plans to reduce the size of his Cabinet, strengthening the education system and pushing through with the land reform programme. On land reform Ramaphosa said the panel, chaired by his deputy David Mabuza, will soon table a report.
The president also said the issues of housing and other needs in Alexandra have to be met. Ramaphosa recently addressed residents at the Alexandra Stadium after a weeklong protest over crime, housing and drugs. He says he had been quoted out of context on the housing issue.
“The one million houses issue in Alex is a huge distortion. The ANC government intends to build one million houses over the next five years throughout the country. Every province will be given a target that they must meet. This is something that I would like to see and it is possible,” said Ramaphosa.
Joburg mayor Herman Mashaba faced a hostile reception in Marlboro on Monday evening where he was meeting Alexandra residents.
The mayor was heckled and blocked from addressing the residents by disrupters at the Malboro Community Centre. Mashaba blamed the disruptions on the ANC, saying the ruling party was using “poor and vulnerable” residents.
The Alexandra Total Shutdown Movement said Mashaba made a grave error by criticising residents on social media and claiming that they were drunk.