The ANC in Johannesburg will lead a march of Soweto residents to Eskom offices in Diepkloof on Thursday. The march follows last Friday’s power cuts in Soweto which lasted for more than ten hours.
Meanwhile, many of Soweto’s resident feel entitled to free electricity as it was one of the things promised to them when the country gained democracy in 1994, a local told News24.
The man, who refused to be named, said the late former president Nelson Mandela’s promise of a better South Africa with free education, free electricity, free water and sanitation had not been realised.
“It’s sad he died without having had implemented those things,” the man told News24 on Wednesday.
He was speaking just days after the area of Orlando in Soweto had erupted in protests, with locals rejecting Eskom’s move to install prepaid electricity meters in the area.
Many of the locals have demanded a flat rate of R400, which would be less than they should be paying for power consumption.
One unemployed woman who owns a house in Orlando, Soweto, admitted to not paying the monthly bills which she received.
She did not want the prepaid meter to be installed in her yard either because it would probably mean paying for electricity.