- Eskom staff are protesting and blocked off roads at several power plants demanding wage increases
- Spokesperson of the power utility Sikonathi Mantshantsha said the protests have been mostly peaceful
- Some of the demonstrators were dressed in union gear and members of the police have been alerted
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JOHANNESBURG - Staff from Eskom have embarked on protests at several power plants over wage increases. This comes after the power utility reached a standstill with union groups over salaries early this week.
Eskom’s spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha said the protestors had blocked roads which resulted in restricted movement of people and goods outside the utility.
Speaking to News24, he said the protests have been mostly peaceful despite claims of intimidation. South Africans have been forced to endure Stage 2 Loadshedding due to breakdowns at the already exacerbated power supplier.
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According to Mantshantsha some of the demonstrators were dressed in union gear and the police have been alerted.
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The last major protest in 2018 was considered illegal since Eskom provides an essential service that resulted in electricity shortages. According to Money Web, following the protest, a three-year-long deal was signed for workers to receive a 7.5% increase annually.
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Social media users believe that those who are protesting should be charged for treason:
“And there is the reason for the current loadshedding.”
“How is that not sabotage of a crucial security point of the nation?”
“Wage? Where is the service - fire then all!”
“Fire them this is an essential service.”
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“Why is this institute held to ransom by incompetent individuals?”
“Held at ransom yet again.”
Nhlanhla Lux Dlamini joins Soweto electricity protest says R350 grant beneficiaries can’t afford Eskom fees
In a related matter, Briefly News also reported hundreds of residents joined Soweto Parliament Leader Nhlanhla Lux Dlamini to protest against Eskom after the utility demanded a R6 500 reconnection fee outside Johannesburg mayor Mpho Phalatse’s office on Tuesday 21 June.
He said it is not fair that people who are unemployed and rely on R350 social grants to make ends meet are being forced to pay the high bills. Dlamini said Eskom should be sensitive to the needs of residents in the community.
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Source: Briefly News