Sections of the crowd in ANC regalia ahead of Ramaphosa visit to Alex

President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to visit Alexandra township on Thursday to address the ongoing service delivery protests in the area.

Residents have been protesting against ailing infrastructure, crime and a lack of development in the area.

Ramaphosa will be accompanied by Gauteng Premier David Makhura who failed to calm angry protestors when he visited the area.

EWN reporter Kgomotso Modise says residents have started trickling into the venue but there is still no sign of the president and his entourage.

Read: Alex Shutdown: DA, ANC and EFF continue to play the blame game

The president is expected to be here at 12 but we've been getting an indication that he is on his way.

Kgomotso Modise, Reporter - EWN

Residents have warned the president not to treat the visit as one of his election campaigning events but Modise says some at the venue are wearing ANC regalia.

This shows that people who are here are here as part of the ANC card-carrying members.

Kgomotso Modise, Reporter - EWN

It gives an indication that kind of ignores the calls not to electioneer. Even the ministers that here are in bright ANC colours.

Kgomotso Modise, Reporter - EWN

They said the ANC was always going to come to Alexandra in the same way it has been going around the country to tell the people to vote for the ANC and making promises just like they do before elections.

Kgomotso Modise, Reporter - EWN

Commenting on the atmosphere, Modise says it is unclear whether the residents will accept the overt ANC presence.

It's still to be seen whether they will be accepted after residents have said so much about the ANC government.

Kgomotso Modise, Reporter - EWN

Ramaphosa is expected to address residents at the Alexandra Stadium parking lot.

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