President Cyril Ramaphosa Denies Halting Rolling Blackouts As Election Strategy

President Cyril Ramaphosa Denies Halting Rolling Blackouts As Election Strategy

  • African National Congress (ANC) President Cyril Ramaphosa has defended the suspension of rolling blackouts, stating it’s a long-term strategy to address the country’s electricity crisis
  • Ramaphosa explained that this is not an election strategy to gain more votes as South Africans head to the polls in May
  • The ANC leader highlighted that the electricity action plan the government is using is to ensure that loadshedding becomes a thing of the past

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Trisha Pillay is a Briefly News current affairs journalist in Johannesburg. With degrees in journalism and international politics, she delved into the intricacies of political landscapes at The Citizen newspaper, African News Network and Newzroom Afrika. Pillay has also completed a training course from Google News Initiative.

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ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses rumours of loadshedding.
ANC leader Cyril Ramaphosa has denied that his government has stopped loadshedding as an election strategy. Images: @MYANC
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KWAZULU-NATAL - President Cyril Ramaphosa says that stopping the power cuts just before the 29 May election is not a trick by his party to win votes.

Ramaphosa addresses loadshedding halt

According to the SABC, some political parties think the lack of power cuts will help the ANC get more votes in the elections.

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The country hasn’t had power cuts for over 20 days since Easter. Ramaphosa talked to the media while campaigning in Pinetown near Durban when he addressed the allegations.

Ramaphosa said:

"You must remember that our electricity crisis started not two, five but fifteen years ago. The challenge came from the neglect and not doing the right thing. Today we are reaping the consequences of not doing the right thing.

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"Years gone by and now with the electricity action plan we’re ensuring that loadshedding becomes a thing of the past. We are focusing on our transmission lines and this is not an election ploy, this is not a game and this is about doing right by the people of South Africa."

Mzansi not convinced

South Africans believe that having no loadshedding doesn’t seem real. Many people are waiting for rolling blackouts to start soon. At the same time, others believe that maybe the energy crisis is finally being addressed.

Here are some of the reactions:

@Katleho James shared:

"Only fools shall believe this nonsense!"

@Bheki Vilakazi commented:

"Either way we will vote them out."

@Mkay Chukwuemeka Yujiro joked:

"The truth is the truth, he can deny all he wants, we know that loadshedding is coming tomorrow."

@Isaac Cindi suggested:

"Obviously it's a ploy and obvious he will deny it."

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@Kagiso Samuel said:

"Malema said loadshedding will resume on d 29th at 21:00 shud dt rly happens thn I,l finally knw we r being taken for a ride here."

@Samuel praised:

"Maybe they are finally addressing the electricty problems in the country."

Man has SA in stitches over ‘uncapped’ electricity ahead of elections

In a related story, Briefly News reported about a young gentleman who took time to remind his social media followers of the upcoming national elections.

The man said people must make the right choice and not be fooled by the fact that the country hasn’t had a power outage for a few weeks.

The online community reacted to the video, with many sharing their opinions about the elections.

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