'This is a political matter and it has been going on for a long time'

City of Johannesburg executive mayor Herman Mashaba staged a sit-in at Eskom on behalf of paying residents for better services for residents from the power utility on Friday.

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Africa Melane chats to the mayor about his staged sit-in.

Unfortunately, Eskom has made a blanket decision to decline the people of Soweto electricity. I find it totally unacceptable because, at the end of the day, you end up punishing paying residents for those that are not paying.

Herman Mashaba, Mayor - City of Joburg

He adds that at a protest in Braamfisherville last Monday, he made a commitment to residents that he would engage Eskom on their electricity plight.

I think even though it is important for the people of Soweto to pay for electricity, residents are not the only ones responsible for Eskom's problems. The government needs to also demonstrate that it is serious about going after those who looted the power utility and nearly crippled it. The people of Soweto only owe Eskom R80bn and Eskom's debt is over R500bn.

Herman Mashaba, Mayor - City of Joburg

Mashaba believes that the government needs to handle this matter with fairness and go after everyone responsible for almost collapsing Eskom.

He says he waited for two hours at the Eskom offices before he was assisted by junior staff members of the utility.

I thought we had a good meeting and they promised to arrange a meeting with the Eskom board. This matter can't be handled by junior staff members. This is a political matter that has been going on for a very long time.

Herman Mashaba, Mayor - City of Joburg

Listen below to the full interview:


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