Jul 28, 2021

Residents Threaten To Intensify Electricity Protests

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The power utility continues to implement higher stages of power cuts across the country.

FILE PHOTO: Residents of Nomzamo, in Soweto, gather in protest. PICTURE: Alaister Russell

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JOHANNESBURG: Soweto residents are threatening to intensify protests against the lack of service delivery.

Residents said that they have not had sufficient electricity in months. Thapelo Thagane community leader says can Eskom supply the electricity and then they will pay.

“We have people who are in oxygen machines in the hospital. They are relying on electricity to keep them fully functioning.

We have kids that are going to school we have people that are desperately in need of this electricity. But Eskom is dealing with us. Now we are going to attack them,” said Thagane.

“We are going to march to different power utility suppliers. We are going to mobilize the whole of Soweto. We are going to shut down everybody is not going to work. Everybody must come and support the initiative,” he added.

The power utility continues to implement higher stages of power cuts across the country.

Residents want to pay a flat monthly rate of R150 for electricity and their protest culminated in a march to Eskom’s headquarters, Megawatt Park. 

Residents also want the reconnection of electricity in parts of the township which have been experiencing blackouts for close to a year.

Acting minister in the presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni said on Thursday that protests should be carried out within the confines of the law.

“Cabinet condemns the recent violent protests in Soweto that resulted in the shutdown of the community and appeals to protesters to exercise calm and restraint.

“Although the right to peaceful protest is a vital part of a democratic society, it should be exercised within the confines of the law and not infringe on the rights of others.

“Government is committed to working with communities across the country to improve their living conditions,” said Ntshavheni.

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