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'We're angry that every time there are power cuts, we are not informed and we suffer'

By unknown | Jul 17, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Ntwaagae Seleka

Ntwaagae Seleka

Disabled and elderly residents of Lakeside in the Vaal yesterday vented their anger on Eskom in protest against continued blackouts in their area.

While many were in wheelchairs, others "marched" with the aid of walking sticks outside Eskom's offices at Palm Springs.

They claimed they had been without power for four weeks and were not getting satisfactory answers from the electricity supplier.

Wheelchair-bound Moses Balini, 62, said they were angered by the outages because they used the pre-paid electricity system.

Balini said: "We are angry because every time there is a power cut we are never informed. Electricity is a basic need in our lives."

Another disabled protester, Linda Dineka said some of the disabled people in the area depended on their refrigerators to store their medication, and suffered when power supplies were interrupted.

Dineka said they marched to the same offices last week and were promised that the electricity would be restored.

Dineka said: "We should not be struggling with power because we are buying electricity."

Outside the offices, demonstrators waved placards, some of which read: "No light no life for all" and "Eskom is careless about disabled people".

Balini said they lived in fear of falling victim to crime, which was rife in their area.

He said: "How are we going to defend ourselves in the dark when criminals attack us in our houses?"

The demonstrators said they would continue with their protests until power was restored to their houses.

Eskom spokesman Victor Ramagaga said the utility would only comment later and did not give a timeframe.


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