Diepkloof residents threaten polling station shutdown | Citypress

Diepkloof residents threaten polling station shutdown

2021-10-27 09:25:00 PM

Diepkloof residents threaten polling station shutdown

Enraged Diepkloof residents are adamant that voting in this Soweto community will not go ahead as planned on November 1.

“One thing I can say for certain is that we will not allow any voting station to open. We will make sure no one puts up a tent of any sort or we will burn it to the ground,” said a community leader who identified himself as Mike.On Wednesday, a large group of disgruntled residents took to the streets in protest against their lack of access to electricity.

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We are prepared to pay but they should take responsibility for their errors and stop making us the bad peopleDorcas Nkosi“We never asked the government for any freebies. The ruling party is the one that made all these empty promises about free electricity. But, because they looted and spent all the money on themselves, they now want us to pay for basic services.”

So said Diepkloof resident Dorcas Nkosi. She was among the protesters who raised their ire at the governing party. They barricaded the Soweto Highway using rocks, burning tyres and trees, preventing motorists from using the road.“We are prepared to pay but they should take responsibility for their errors and stop making us the bad people,” Nkosi said. headtopics.com

Residents of Zone 4 in Diepkloof, Soweto, barricaded streets using rocks, burning tyres and trees, preventing motorists from using the road, in protest? against protracted power outages.For her, a more burning issue was how Grade 12 pupils could be expected to study and write exams when the neighbourhood had been without electricity for “four days in a row”.

“Yet we are told that we want a high pass rate? How? It has been a cold week so far. Children need warmth when they leave home. They need warmth when they come back. Is this not a form of abuse on them too?READ: ANC blasts Eskom for load shedding, suspects it is playing politics

“We were told that we would experience load shedding on Tuesday from 5pm to 10pm, but we have not had electricity for days on end.”While sitting on the verge of the Rea Vaya bus station, community leader Mike told City Press: “If we were real criminals, we would have burnt down this Rea Vaya station because it does nothing for us, and all we are and have been asking for is electricity.”

Protesters barricaded roads with rocks and burning tyres. Photo: Palesa DlaminiHe warned political parties not to expect any voting to take place. “They only come here when they want us to vote for them, and that will not happen.”A sentiment shared by Nkosi. “We want nothing that has to do with voting. They should not bring any voting nonsense to Diepkloof. They should take it to Ramaphosa. That is where it should end. Not here.” headtopics.com

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Meanwhile, less than 10 minutes away, the EFF led residents on a march to the Eskom distribution base in Klipspruit. The party said the power utility “is undermining the people of Soweto” following electricity cuts in the area.Led by the party’s Johannesburg regional secretary, Shakes Tshabalala, the aim of the march was to deliver a memorandum of demands to the power utility. The demands include:

An end to power cuts and load sheddingA flat electricity rate for all Soweto residentsNo prepaid metresA write-off of Soweto’s R7.5 billion debt to EskomNo privatisation of electricity provisionFor Eskom to pay back the R178 billion it lost to corrupt tenders.

The debt Soweto residents owe Eskom was reduced to R7.5 billion in 2021 from R12.8 billion in 2020. The power utility wrote off R5.3 billion.Addressing the crowd outside the Eskom offices, Tshabalala said it was imperative that the provision of reliable electricity in Soweto and the rest of the country be addressed.

The EFF says Eskom is playing with the people of Soweto. Photo: Palesa Dlamini“We are not here because we are bored. We decided to leave our door-to-door campaigns, even though we are in the last stages of the election campaign, to take our people’s issues directly to Eskom because we are all affected,” he told the cheering crowd. “This entity is taking electricity and we don’t understand why they are doing that. They continue to introduce different stages of load shedding as they please, without any logical sense of why they are doing that to us.” headtopics.com

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They must go vote for a new party or they must sit down. Law enforcement must deal with them. Why the EFF picture? Anyway these ANC loyalists mustn't disturb others from voting, not voting doesn't solve any problem. Others must exercise their right to vote out the ANC since these ones want to keep it in power

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Idiots thinking of not voting will change anything moer! They need to vote out corruption That’s lack of education, Soldiers will deal with them, This is why soldiers will be deployed Vote them out. Rather Why note for someone else? 🤷🏽‍♂️ We dont want to be annoyed by these ones!! We want to vote ama menemene out!

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No pictures of Diepkloof residents only tyres and you have the nerve to show eff to mislead the nation Yeah, SANDF was just called out… none of that nonsense Soldiers will be deployed, just let them know

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