Opposition parties not supporting power cut affected residents



Opposition political parties are not doing anything to stop Eskom’s plans of disconnecting electricity at three Eastern Free State municipalities on Friday.

This is according to Elma Klopper a concerned resident from Parys in Ngwathe Municipality. She said opposition political parties have the leadership and capacity to support and fight for the rights of residents which in this case, they not doing. Ngwathe is amongst three municipalities that Eskom notified that it will be disconnecting electricity tomorrow 3 October 2014.

Eskom said Maluti-a-Phofung in Qwaqwa owes R418.6 million, Ngwathe in Parys owes R257.9 million and Dihlabeng in Bethlehem has the debt of R59.1 million. Klopper explained that they are a group of concerned residents coming together by mobilizing the community to get answers from the municipal Mayor.

She said the power cut issue is a big problem considering that patients in hospitals might not receive proper treatment. Klopper believed that the march will have a great impact to quickly resolve the matter before it becomes messy.

“We must try and get to the necessary people to get the answers, we can’t just leave the matter. I will be spreading the news around the township as well and maybe they will come and joins us. We cannot just leave the issue like that’s, the political party that are supposed to run the municipality and the opposing political parties are also doing nothing. Somewhere we must start to try and get answers and make a difference,” said Klopper.