Emalahleni Residents Threaten Not to Vote Because of No Electricity

Emalahleni Residents Threaten Not to Vote Because of No Electricity

  • Residents of Emalahleni in Mpumalanga have been without electricity since 2022 and have threatened to withhold their votes
  • They claim that the government promised them electricity and water after they received houses, but this has not materialised
  • South Africans slammed the government and encouraged the residents to vote to ensure they get the services

With over seven years at Daily Sun and Vutivi Business News, Tebogo Mokwena, a Briefly News current affairs journalist, offered insights into South African politics, political parties and election dynamics.

Residents of Siyanqoba in Emalahleni protested for electricity
Emalahleni residents threatened to withhold their votes if not provided electricity. Images: geoffsp and Phill Magakoe/AFP via Getty Images
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EMALAHLENI, MPUMALANGA— Siyanqoba residents in Emalahleni, Mpumalanga, have threatened to withhold their votes in the upcoming elections because the government did not fulfil its promises.

Resident without water

According to SABC News, the residents received RDP houses in 2022, and the government promised to provide them with water and electricity. However, to date, the houses have been without electricity or water. As a result, the residents went on a service delivery protest on 20 May and barricaded roads with burning tyres, demanding electricity.

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The municipal manager, Sizwe Mayisela, said the houses are being electrified in phases because of budget limits. He also said other settlements around Emalahleni have experienced the same issues. He clarified that the municipality electrified 385 houses in the current financial year, and more will be electrified.

Netizens encourage residents to vote

South Africans on Facebook encouraged the residents to vote in the upcoming elections on 29 May.

Mkay Masaobi asked:

"Why do people like throwing this threat around? It only hurts them and not the government."

Moses Lukhele asked:

"If they don't vote, who will be affected in the future, instead of going to vote for another party that would provide service delivery."

BK RSA said:

"They must vote, but not for the ANC."

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Tshwarelo-Rapolai Bapela said:

"If you don't vote, you give the current party an opportunity to win again. Just go and vote for another party."

Tar Syo said:

"Clueless people. They must vote for another party."

South Africans warned of electricity hikes in winter

In a similar article, Briefly News reported that electricity tariffs could shoot up in the winter season.

Alumo Energy revealed that consumption in winter rises by 23%, which will prompt higher bills.

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Tebogo Mokwena (Current Affairs editor) Tebogo Mokwena is a Current Affairs Editor at Briefly News. He has a Diploma in Journalism from ALISON. He joined Daily Sun, where he worked for 4 years covering politics, crime, entertainment, current affairs, policy, governance and art. He was also a sub-editor and journalist for Capricorn Post before joining Vutivi Business News in 2020, where he covered small business news policy and governance, analysis and profiles. He joined Briefly News in 2023. Tebogo passed a set of trainings by Google News Initiative Email: tebogo.mokwena@briefly.co.za

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