Eskom activists detained

2012-10-23 11:17

Police detained seven environmental activists protesting at Eskom’s Megawatt Park headquarters in northern Joburg, Greenpeace said.

“Seven of our activists have been forcibly removed,” said Greenpeace spokesperson Fiona Musana today.

The activists had chained themselves to the front entrance of Megawatt Park to protest Eskom’s continued reliance on coal and the parastatal’s application to again raise electricity tariffs.

Police cut their chains, handcuffed them, and took them to the Sandton police station, said Musana.

The police were not immediately available for comment.

At dawn, protesters from Greenpeace, groundWork and Earthlife Africa unfurled a banner across the front entrance of Megawatt Park.

“Eskom is under new management,” the banner announced.

At the same time, activists chained themselves to the front entrance.

“Activists are asking to be invited into the headquarters as new management in order to bring about changes South Africans need,” Greenpeace said in a statement.

Eskom said it had the same objectives as the activists, and did not object to peaceful protest.

However, spokesperson Hilary Joffe said it did have a concern about safety.

Eskom yesterday put forward an application for a 16% tariff hike every year for the next five years.

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