Sowetan residents have lamented over the postponement of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s planned visit and failed pledge to restore electricity in some communities, SurgeZirc SA reports.
According to reports, Ramaphosa was expected to touch down Soweto last week Thursday before a postponement was announced.
Residents of Naledi and Chiawelo in Soweto did not however find Ramaphosa’s postponement pleasing as they were expecting his presence so as to address issues of epileptic power supply in the area.
SurgZirc SA findings revealed that sometime in September, Ramaphosa during his campaign pledged that the Eskom would lighten up communities affected by blackouts.
“On the whole, the matter of electricity was dealt with. We are going to ensure that Eskom does restore electricity. Some of the transformers have blown up and those are the technical issues that Eskom is going to deal with and we are going to be working together to make sure that Eskom deals with it,” said Ramaphosa
It was further gathered the President is yet to redeem his promises as efforts to restore power in some parts of Soweto are still dragging.
According to some Sowetan residents who spoke to the media, they said Ramaphosa’s absence might have been deliberate due to the protest in Orlando East.
Reacting to the said protest, Gauteng police spokesperson Lt-Col Mavela Masondo said: “There was a service delivery protest in Soweto’s Orlando East. The residents blockaded Sofasonke and Mooki Streets with burning tires and rocks. The police were able to disperse the crowd.”
Contrary to residents’ claim that Ramaphosa’s absence was deliberate, the ANC national spokesperson Pule Mabe said, “It’s not true. There was just a clash in commitments.”
Another Sowetan resident Nozibonele Mjuqu, maintained that Ramaphosa’s absence was deliberate he said: “I received a call that he was supposed to come to us but he got sidetracked by the people who were protesting in Orlando. The community was striking there because they did not have electricity.”
Mjuqu however applauded the efforts of the government to have restored electricity in some areas, but revealed that the voltage wasn’t reliable enough.
He said: “Now all that needs to be done are the electricity boxes that they promised, but the lights are coming on. There are still a lot of houses that need to be switched on, so we have hope that he will come back.
“We cannot cook, we don’t know whether that is a temporary measure because these people (Eskom), are slow,” he said.