The ‘now gatvol’ Alexandra Northrand Local Football Association plans to mobilise a mass march to mayor Herman Mashaba’s office at the City of Johannesburg to demand the long-promised revamp of the Alexandra Stadium.
The plan to march on the mayor’s office was announced by the chairperson of the association, Maisha Molepo, who was spitting fire and said the community was growing restless at being constantly short-changed by the City.
“We have made numerous representations to the City on this matter for the past 20 years and nothing has come of it,” he said.
“They have failed us and made numerous false promises and we think now it’s about time to talk a different language. If this is the kind of language they understand before they can do something, then watch this space. We will soon mobilise the community for a mass march to the mayor to voice our grievances.
“I think we [Alexandra residents] have been decent people for too long and we’re being taken for a ride,” added Molepo who is also the second vice chair of the South African Football Association’s Joburg Region.
Molepo said he had sent numerous emails, WhatsApps and SMSes to the MMC for Infrastructure Development and the entire leadership of the City of Joburg reminding them how they were failing the Alexandra community.
“I have also informed them that we are now going to march to the mayor’s office to raise and highlight our grievances regarding the promised upgrading of the Alexandra Stadium which is two decades overdue.”
Molepo noted that other townships such as Thembisa, Springs and Tsakani have stadia that were compliant with the requirements of the Premier Soccer League yet Alexandra still lagged behind.
“They have been enjoying top football for many years regardless of the fact that we’re the oldest LFA [Local Football Association] in this country. The City of Ekhuruleni has revamped their stadiums, why not Alexandra?”
The Alexandra Stadium has a history of football development in the country with such iconic teams such as Orlando Pirates, Moroka Swallows, Pimville United Brothers and Callies, to name but a few, having played their games at the stadium from the 40s to the 80s.
“We want that glory back so we can pull our children and youth away from the clutches of nyaope and other drugs, and criminal misdemeanours and other issues of mischief.”
Molepo said he had been talking and engaging with the City of Johannesburg since 2011 when he assumed the chairpersonship of Alex football.
“Other leaders have done the same before me. If it means we should be at loggerheads with the City, so be it, and now is the time.”