Protesters dump broken appliances in municipal offices and blame power outages

Angry protesters dumped appliances in municipal offices.

Angry residents from eMbalenhle dumped old electricity appliances such as televisions and fridges inside Govan Mbeki Municipality’s premises to protest against power outages and poor service delivery in the township on Thursday, 13 July.

The protesters demanded to see an official of the Department Technical Services and said they are sick and tired of blaming politicians while officials are lazy and are not doing their job.

Residents said power outages are not the only problem.

The streets of eMbalenhle are overflowing with sewage and the waste is piling up each day due to non collections.

Mr Anthony Makhaye, MMC of Technical Services, addressed the protesters and said he could not give an answer, but would listen and consult others over the complaints.

He invited the protesters to a meeting that was supposed to be held in eMbalenhle on Sunday, 16 July, however it did not take place.

The residents were up in arms over this and went to the municipal offices in eMbalenhle and shut down the offices on 17 July.

They said they would not allow the eMbalenhle municipal offices to operate until the directors and managers of the Department Technical Service addresses them.

The offices were still closed at time of going to the press.

Mr Bheki Kubheka, municipal spokesman, said the appliances brought by the people were old and it did not seem as though they were damaged recently.

He said the municipality has implemented load shedding so it can control power consumption in the area.

He said Council is working round the clock to find permanent solutions to the electricity problem in the area.


Read the complete article in the Ridge Times newspaper.


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Sifiso Mathebula

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