People cram into hall for hearings on Eskom’s tariff hike

2010-01-21 14:00

People attending the Nersa hearings on Eskom’s proposed 35% tariff

increase crammed into a medium-sized conference room at Gallagher Estate in

Midrand on Thursday.

Suited businessmen and women squeezed into seats, some taking up

places on the floor, while other observers held placards denouncing the proposed

price hike.

Some read: “We want solar power”, “No to 35% increase” and

“Eishkom” printed on Eskom’s signage.

However, security officials then started to chase them through the

aisles to remove their placards.

Proceedings were briefly halted when one woman from Earthlife

refused to leave and tried to evade officials by running up and down the side of

the hall.

“You don’t know why I’m here and you don’t understand what’s

happening here,” she said loudly before her placard was torn up and she was

asked to leave.

Meanwhile, the main entrance to Gallagher Estate was closed after

toyi-toying protesters bearing placards gathered there. Motorists were directed

to another entrance, as it appeared the group refused to move.

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