Jordan Griffiths, the City of Tshwane’s chief of staff, has accused ActionSA leader Herman Mashaba of using the plight of poor people to score political points for his new party ahead of the upcoming municipal elections in October.

Griffiths had a go at Mashaba after he promised to seek a legal recourse on behalf of people who were left displaced after the localised floods in Mamelodi in December 2019.

This was after a group of disgruntled residents had approached Mashaba to ask for help after they were unhappy with the city’s relocation process from the wetland on which they built their shacks.

On Monday, Mashaba interacted with some of the flood victims at the Eerste Fabrieke informal settlement, reassuring them that his party will do everything in its power to get them justice by forcing the government to keep its promise of relocation.

He said “The only way we are going to get the attention of this government is to use the legal route. That is the only option we have”.

He also discouraged community members from violent protests by burning down hospitals, clinics and schools.

He said ActionSA will foot the legal bills likely to be incurred in pursuit of a civil case against the government.

Griffiths further said many flood victims were moved to formal settlements but there were still disagreements with other beneficiaries regarding the resettlement venue and the number of those to be relocated.