Social media calls for Soweto power to be cut until bill paid

Social media calls for Soweto power to be cut until bill paid

- South Africans went online to demand that Soweto's lights be turned off until residents forked out the money they owe Eskom

- Soweto is one of Eskom's major payment defaulters

- People also made jokes on social media, saying Eskom was afraid of the township

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Many South Africans have taken to social media to demand that Soweto's electricity be shut off until it pays its debts to Eskom.

This comes after stage 4 load shedding was implemented across the country.

Soweto reportedly owes the power utility billions.

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The load shedding was introduced because Eskom claimed to have lost 6 generating units. This follows years of energy insecurity at Eskom, with almost a decade of warnings of coal shortages.

The outages reportedly cost the economy at least R2 billion a day.

As a result, many on social media were not happy with Soweto. The township is one of Eskom's main payment defaulters, and reportedly owes the power utility R15 billion. This is more than the amount owed to Eskom by more than 50 other municipalities combined.

Eskom has routinely threatened to turn off Soweto's lights unless citizens begin paying their bills, but thus far it has not follow through, learned.

Some people commenting on social media accused Eskom of being afraid of Soweto. People also joked that while Soweto owed Eskom the most, they tended to be the ones who complained the loudest when there was load shedding.

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The general feeling online appeared to be one of frustration, with many South Africans clearly angry about the power shortages, according to The Citizen.

The load shedding is set to continue with a whopping 4000 megawatts being shed, and outages could potentially occur out of schedule, with no warning.

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