'The challenge is when cut-offs happen, Eskom cuts off even paying people'

The African National Congress (ANC) caucus in Johannesburg on Tuesday handed over a memorandum of demands to Eskom.

The caucus is calling for the power utility to fulfil its mandate of providing the City's residents with electricity.

[RELATED] This mess that is Eish-kom, is the ANC's doing, says Eusebius

One of the biggest concerns is that residents in areas such as Ivory Park, Soweto, Orange Farm and Diepsloot are left in darkness for an unjustifiable period, without any explanation or assistance from Eskom.

To discuss the march, Bongani Bingwa chats to party councillor and protest convenor Matshidiso Mfikoe.

We are not against Eskom, all we are saying is that before Eskom makes a decision, they need to communicate with communities. They need to give councillors enough information because, in the end, it is the councillors that are sitting with these communities. And councillors must answer difficult questions they don't have answers to.

Matshidiso Mfikoe, Councillor - ANC

She says when communities don't have answers from Eskom, they demand answers from councillors.

They have been held hostage, they have been threatened and some of their windows have been. And this is a losing game because whether windows are broken or not, there are still no answers from Eskom.

Matshidiso Mfikoe, Councillor - ANC

Mfikoe adds that councillors have urged the power utility to deal with illegal connections.

But the biggest challenge is that when cut-offs happen, Eskom cuts off people who are paying. And some people are dependent on electricity for their survival. You can penalise none payers for people that are actually paying for electricity.

Matshidiso Mfikoe, Councillor - ANC

Listen below to the full interview:


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
[WATCH] Video collage of physics professor doing crazy experiments goes viral

[WATCH] Video collage of physics professor doing crazy experiments goes viral

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

[VIDEO] Boy kicking car after it knocks mom on zebra crossing goes viral

[VIDEO] Boy kicking car after it knocks mom on zebra crossing goes viral

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

Shivambu set to retain EFF deputy presidency via Malema slate, says analyst

Shivambu set to retain EFF deputy presidency via Malema slate, says analyst

Institute for Global Dialogue's Sanusha Naidu reflects on the red berets' elective conference.

Parliament finds a way to give Eskom more money

Parliament finds a way to give Eskom more money

If Eskom breaks, SA breaks. Bruce Whitfield interviews Marriane Merten (Daily Maverick) and Peter Attard Montalto (Intellidex).

Presidential Task Team suggests green solution to Eskom's woes - report

Presidential Task Team suggests green solution to Eskom's woes - report

The proposed arrangement has been touted as the 'biggest climate finance deal in the world'.

'Eskom will restore electricity in Diepsloot only once audit is completed'

'Eskom will restore electricity in Diepsloot only once audit is completed'

The power utility's Daphne Mokwena says residents are bypassing the system, which results in blown transformers.

Popular articles
Are banks and corporates allowed to activate early December payment?

Are banks and corporates allowed to activate early December payment?

Wendy Knowler looks into the practice of many banks and corporates of “unilaterally” activating an early debit for December payment.

Caller defends Sho Madjozi's two-channels statement

Caller defends Sho Madjozi's two-channels statement

Eusebius McKaiser and callers debate issues from the Sho Madjozi to the Springboks.

[VIDEO] Family saved from being hit by speeding SUV goes viral

[VIDEO] Family saved from being hit by speeding SUV goes viral

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

[WATCH] 'I didn't poop, I peed,' kid excited that he went potty successfully

[WATCH] 'I didn't poop, I peed,' kid excited that he went potty successfully

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

'Old Mutual has lost R10bn since Peter Moyo was placed on suspension'

'Old Mutual has lost R10bn since Peter Moyo was placed on suspension'

Daily Maverick freelance journalist Ray Mahlaka breaks down the figures on how much the company has lost in the past few months.

[LISTEN] Have #YouPeople seen the latest Nando's ad?

[LISTEN] Have #YouPeople seen the latest Nando's ad?

Chief Marketing Officer at Nandos South Africa Doug Place explains how they come up with their new advert.

Pool owners brace yourselfs for new regulations coming your way

Pool owners brace yourselfs for new regulations coming your way

The South African Bureau of Standards is preparing new regulations to help decrease the number of child drownings.

Interested in buying a franchise? Learn from this guy (owner of 100 KFCs)

Interested in buying a franchise? Learn from this guy (owner of 100 KFCs)

Sumitra Nydoo (on The Money Show) interviews KFC franchisee Kuben Naidoo.