In a statement in response to the protests in Johannesburg’s Alexandra township, the United Democratic Movement (UDM) said the protests are the legacy of the African National Congress (ANC).
On Friday afternoon, 5 April 2019, the United Democratic Movement (UDM) issued a press statement responding to the protests that ensued in Alexandra, Johannesburg, on Wednesday, 3 April 2019. The UDM blamed the protests on the ANC, calling the protests the ‘ANC’s legacy’.
“Much of this unhappiness stems from the African National Congress’ (ANC) misuse of billions of rands allocated to the Alexandra renewal project during the era of former President Thabo Mbeki. RDP houses in Alexandra Extension 7, were apparently sold to non-South Africans and this explosive situation has the potential to spill over to xenophobic attacks.
“The ruling party has done this country immeasurable damage with its don’t care attitude. Come 8 May 2019, the electorate must make an enlightened decision and should not vote for it.” the statement read.
In the early hours of Wednesday morning, 3 April 2019, a group of protesters in Alexandra township took to the streets, barricading roads with burning tyres and rocks as their way of highlighting and raising awareness of the failure by the City officials to stop the establishment of illegal structures and to address lawlessness in the area.
During the protests, City of Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba shared the same sentiments as the UDM and blamed the ANC for the protests.
“Indeed, during the local government elections of 2016, the ANC, province and the previous administration committed to providing investment into the area so as to address housing challenges and development in the area.”