ESKOM’s scheduled blackouts seeks to punish the people for ANC’s incompetence

By: James Letuka DA MPL in the Free State Provincial Legislature The DA condemns in the strongest terms ESKOM’s ridiculous proposal that it would schedule punitive blackouts of eight hours during weekdays and six hours on weekends in defaulting municipalities in the Free State. The proposed punitive blackouts fall within the timeframes where normal average working-class households need electricity to cook and clean and where children need to study and do homework. The impact of these blackouts would be disastrous on the quality of life of our people. It will also unfairly punish those households who diligently pay their electricity bills every month. Ironically, the proposed punitive blackouts which seek to punish municipalities, will have a very limited impact on the functioning of municipalities since the scheduled times fall outside of normal office hours apart from two hours in the morning. In effect ESKOM seeks to punish the people living within the boundaries of the seven defaulting municipalities in the Free State due to the incompetence of ANC-led municipalities to effectively manage public finances appropriately. This is the extent to which local governance in the Free State have collapsed. We have long called on COGTA MEC, Olly Mlamleli, to table a strategy that would see clear provincial interventions in defaulting municipalities take place in a bid to prevent the total collapse of local government. Instead of heading our calls, MEC Mlamleli and Premier Ace Magashule have done nothing, silently condoning the questionable behaviour of their comrades at local government level. The ANC does not have the interests of our people at heart, if they did, the ANC leadership under Ace Magashule would have intervened a long time ago. This is the politics of the ANC. Where the DA governs, we pay our ESKOM bills, we deliver quality basic services and we bring clean and effective governance to all, improving people’s lives for the better. Come next year’s municipal elections, the people of the Free State will have an opportunity to use their votes to bring about positive change. [end] ##################################################################################### Scanned by MailMarshal – M86 Security’s comprehensive email content security solution. Download a free evaluation of MailMarshal at www.m86security.com #####################################################################################