Mmusi Maimane calls for 'national shutdown' to protest against Eskom

Mmusi Maimane calls for 'national shutdown' to protest against Eskom

- Mmusi Maimane has urged South Africans to protest outside Eskom next week

- The DA leader called for a day of action

- He said it was time citizens put pressure on Eskom

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DA leader, Mmusi Maimane, has called on citizens to stage a 'national shutdown' next Friday to protest load-shedding and the crisis at Eskom.

He urged South Africans to gather outside Eskom's headquarters to show their frustration.

This came after the DA unveiled its new election posters with the slogan "Keep the lights on" -  an obvious jab at the ANC.

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Maimane made the call on social media, saying it would be a way for citizens to take action against the current situation at Eskom, which has resulted in another bout of heavy load-shedding this week. 

The DA leader also slammed the ANC, saying that not only was the ruling party responsible for the country's energy crisis, but that it was unable to solve it either, according to The Citizen. 

"The ANC does not have a plan as to how to [guide] us through this crisis," Maimane said.

He went on to allege that the ANC was merely going to start charging people exorbitant rates for energy.

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Maimane's call for a national shutdown follows the emergence of recent allegations that Eskom employees have been sabotaging the power utility. According to these claims, some figures within Eskom are unhappy with the current reforms underway and are trying to undermine them.

If this is the case, a protest may not be enough to rescue the failing parastatal.

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