ANC, Sanco in Soweto serve Eskom with demands

Restoration of power to all affected areas, an increase in the amount of free basic electricity, a R150 flat rate per household for electricity and clearing of all existing debt.

2020-02-26 06:30:00 PM

Some of the demands made to Eskom include, restoration of power to all affected areas, an increase in the amount of free basic electricity, a R150 flat rate per household for electricity and clearing of all existing debt...

Restoration of power to all affected areas, an increase in the amount of free basic electricity, a R150 flat rate per household for electricity and clearing of all existing debt.

To an acutely attentive crowd, Kamani said both organisations would give Eskom 21 working days to respond to their demands, failing which “we will return and continue with our action until you respond".“We demand that you accept that our people must start paying electricity from March 1 this year at a flat rate of R150 per month per household,” he said to applause.

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“We demand that you start restoring electricity to all the residents of Orange Farm, Soweto and Midrand.”“We further demand scrapping of all debt so that we can all start on a clean slate.”He went on to make a plea for better treatment of Soweto residents.

“We demand our dignity back and say enough is enough. We can no longer tolerate this behaviour.”Councillor Sechaba Khumalo, who was at the rally, told City Press that he and other leaders welcomed the initiative.Read: Soweto councillor calls on residents to join Eskom march in solidarity

“This is a community initiative; the ANC and Sanco have taken up the initiative and as councillors we embrace this march.“This is where issues of Eskom should be addressed. I have been informed that the ANC got here [to the Eskom offices in Diepkloof] before us, the residents of Nomzamo.”

“The ANC’s role in society is to lead and with this march today they have done so. Most wards in Soweto are led by the ANC. They are doing what they are meant to do.”Protesers marching to the Eskom offices in Diepkloof Soweto to make demands including affordable electricity and Restoration of power to all affected areas by Eskom. Picture: Rosetta Msimango

On the first day of the #SowetoShutdown on Tuesday, Khumalo invited angry residents to join councillors who had promised to march to the Eskom offices on Wednesday.The protest saw residents from Nomzamo in Orlando East, Soweto, march to Khumalo’s office in an effort to address him and to challenge the R18 billion which Eskom says the residents owe for electricity.

Meanwhile, community leader Vuyiswa Khata, who, together with her fellow community leaders, watched the rally unfold from a corner, did not share Khumalo’s sentiment.“The people speaking here today are people who complain about load shedding, about not having electricity for a few hours. [Having electricity is] a luxury for our community members. We have not had electricity for more than eight months,”she told City Press.

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Community leaders were left disappointed on Wednesday morning after Khumalo did not arrive, and they had to embark on the march on their own.The leaders, who arrived at the offices as early as 9am, told City Press that the ANC and Sanco rally did not “address the issues of the community”.

“We further demand scrapping of all debt so that we can all start on a clean slate.”Sanco regional secretary-general Artwell Kamani“These people don’t understand our frustration. This rally was not about the people,” Khata said.“They are talking about 21 days, saying how they are tired... We have been tired for almost a year. We don’t have 21 working days. We passed that stage a long time ago.

“The leadership knows how many times we, as community leaders, have engaged with management at the Eskom Diepkloof offices. Now they come for one day to take us 10 steps back.”Eskom’s Daphney Mokoena received the memorandum on behalf of the utility. Read more: City Press »

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Lalaland...use and dont pay... Sorry for u, pay like the rest of the country does, or don't use it The audacity.... its that attidue of entitlement, they think the world owes them something. Nonsense, we are paying we dont get a flat rate, who do they think they are. If that demand is met, the whole country should demand a flat rate.

Soweto HATES waking up to reality..shem

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ANC looters collapsed Free State with impunityPRINCE MASHELE | The problem is that you cannot fix the ANC without arresting the entire leadership of the party. That's very true.💯✔ Arrest all of them. We will take over and lead It is not just the ANC, many other as well who are not ANC members. Who then will make the arrest... There is simply no one capable of making that arrest even if it is to arrest a quarter of the ANC. Without it then we are well on our way to being country where corruption is ok.

Don’t raise taxes, get the money back from corrupt ANC leadersIt would be unfair to increase taxes for ordinary citizens in the budget to plug financial holes in the fiscus caused by ANC government corruption, mismanagement and incompetent public servants. Your votes or lack thereof have spoken. . . The New Dawn is a charity drive with no economic empowerment beyond a few tokens. . . They've celebrated welfare grants & NHI, please dont think this is any different. Congrats tito_mboweni PresidencyZA CyrilRamaphosa

Soweto residents want free electricityEskom says Soweto owes it over R18-billion in unpaid bills. Impossible! Possible illegally. . . DaanBarnard Of course they are entitled to free electricity because pres Ramaphosa mos said that rich people can't have better healthcare and more electricity just because they are rich. Bayanya

Soweto electricity shutdown fails to sparkThe organisers of the Soweto mass shutdown say they will try other ways of getting the attention of power utility Eskom following the failure of their planned shutdown. Engage in what? Let them simply pay like the rest of us!!! The only engagement Eksdom needs to do with the freeloaders is to establish how they are going to pay their outstanding electricity accounts. These people who demand don't deserve to get any electricity. The tarrif to them should be doubled until the outstanding R20bil is paid What makes them so special they must pay electricity like everyone finish

Soweto councillor calls on residents to join Eskom march in solidaritySoweto residents have been called to join councillors who have promised to march to the Eskom offices in Diepkloof on Wednesday. Water is a right ....electricity is not....all must pay