Naledi community powerless for six months

It's been six months and still the Naledi community in Soweto has no power. Last week, by-election voting was delayed when some residents blocked off polling stations, demanding their electricity be restored. eNCA’s Heidi Giokos spoke to an affected family. Courtesy #DStv403

 

JOHANNESBURG - More than six months and the Naledi community in Soweto is still without electricity.

Last week, by-election voting was delayed when some residents blocked polling stations, demanding their electricity be restored.

It's unclear exactly why the electricity was switched off but some are saying it is due to the failure of a local mini sub-station.

One 78-year-old resident is dependent on her children to look after her.

READ: Community unrest delays voting in Naledi

She is shocked that the government has yet to deal with this problem.

Rebecca Manthlas said, "we suffer, no candles to light, no wood, if there is no wood, we have to light [the] gas stove. Always dark in the house, with the other light. We also go to the other houses to take meat, because everything is dark, [the] fridge is dead.

Her daughter, Anna had to install a wood stove in their home in March.

She said even when they had power, it was unreliable and they needed another plan to make sure her mother and children are taken care of.

READ: Makhura to follow up on Naledi electricity promises

"I'm pleading with government so he can do better for us, please. So that our mothers don't suffer that much. We need electricity, please. I am very very angry.

"My mother is very old, she can't live a life like this."

Gauteng Premier David Makhura's promise to restore power by the end of this month has not convinced the Naledi community.

Source
eNCA

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