Cape Town load shedding is racist – Cosatu

2014-12-01 11:38

Cape Town’s load shedding schedule has “strong racist undertones”, the Congress of South African Trade Unions has said.

Cosatu Western Cape secretary Tony Ehrenreich claimed that power cuts for more advantaged areas took place during off-peak hours while poorer areas were without power at inconvenient times.

City spokesperson Priya Reddy said the schedule was coordinated with Eskom and affected all areas of the city.

“The City of Cape Town rejects any notion that load shedding is determined according to the racial makeup of an area,” she said.

“We will in the coming weeks reshuffle the schedule so that different areas experience load shedding at times that are different from the current schedule.”

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