Sowetans Want Political Solution To Their Electricity Problems… Soweto residents are looking for a political solution to their ongoing electricity problems, which have resulted in large parts of the township being plunged into darkness due to illegal connections, collapsing infrastructure and ballooning household debt to Eskom.
On Tuesday, hundreds of residents of the biggest township in the country took their frustrations over prolonged blackouts due to the explosion of overloaded substations and a culture of nonpayment to the mayor of Johannesburg, Mpho Phalatse’s doorstep in Braamfontein.
Though Eskom is responsible for the bulk of electricity supply to the township, protest leaders were unequivocal that they were now looking to the political leadership of the city for intervention as they were directly elected public representatives with authority in their jurisdiction.
Eskom has repeatedly refused to bow to the pressure of protests and the request for the city to intervene was a veiled threat directed to the city’s coalition government that was voted into power last year.
Residents came from various parts of Soweto, including Pimville, Zola, Tshiawelo, Moletsane, Orlando and Diepkloof.