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By unknown | Apr 12, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

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The Soweto Electricity Crisis Committee (SECC) yesterday threatened to disrupt President Thabo Mbeki's visit to Soweto on Saturday.

Mbeki will be in the township as part of government's imbizo programme. He will be accompanied by cabinet ministers, Gauteng's Premier Mbhazima Shilowa and City of Johannesburg mayor, Amos Masondo .

"Mbeki is not welcome in Soweto because of his policies that favour the rich over the poor. We will protest and, if possible, disrupt the imbizo," said SECC leader Trevor Ngwane yesterday.

The SECC is opposed to the privatisation of basic needs like water and electricity.

The City of Johannesburg privatised these amenities a few years ago ignoring popular resistance from township residents.

There have been clashes between the City of Johannesburg and the township residents after the installation of prepaid water and electricity meters in the township.

Several residents were arrested and others injured during those clashes.

Ngwane once led a march to Masondo's posh northern Johannesburg house, protesting lack of service delivery in the township.

He said government imbizo's were a public relation exercise disguised as genuine interactions with ordinary people.

"Many imbizos have been held in various parts of the country but the lives of our people have not changed for the better," said Ngwane.

"The government picks issues that it wants to address. It does not listen and take mandates from the people. Mbeki wants to give the impression that he cares."


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