Eskom a no-show in Sithunzi Street

2018-06-14 06:01
Residents at Sithunzi Street in Nomzamo will now have to fix their own electricity if it trips, as Eskom has declared the area a “no-go” zone. following attacks on its workers.PHOTO: velani ludidi

Residents at Sithunzi Street in Nomzamo will now have to fix their own electricity if it trips, as Eskom has declared the area a “no-go” zone. following attacks on its workers.PHOTO: velani ludidi

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Eskom has declared Sithunzi Street in Nomzamo a “no-go” area for its employees, City Vision has learnt.

This development occurs after the newspaper published a report about a clash over electricity between Nomzamo and Masakhane Informal Settlement residents last week (“Resident clash over electricity”, 7 June).

City Vision reported that Masakhane residents awoke to no electricity on XXX, after Sithunzi Street residents disconnected their illegal connections. They claimed the connections caused their electricity to trip.

This did not sit well with Masakhane residents, who turned up in numbers to investigate why their electricity was disconnected.

On their arrival, residents of Nomzamo were preparing to burn the wires, and insults and threats ensued between the two opposing parties.

Nomzamo residents claimed power utility Eskom said they will not come to fix their electrical boxes, which was confirmed by Eskom’s media office.

“The area was declared red or a ‘no-go’ area after some of the employees were threatened on site, when they wanted to repair and restore supply,” an Eskom statement read.

The parastatal has also warned that the illegal connections will keep tripping the electricity of Nomzamo residents, and explosions are a possibility if the system continuously overloads.

“This overloads the Eskom transformer, which causes the fuses to blow, interrupting the supply to customers,” Eskom said.

The decision taken by Eskom will hit those who cannot afford their own electricians the hardest.

“We will struggle to get our electricity fixed, and I think Eskom took a harsh decision on this,” one resident, Nosabatha Dangazele, said.

“They can always come to restore the connection with the police as escorts to protect them should the need arise.

“Something needs to be done — either we must come together as a community and go to Eskom or our leaders must go on our behalf.”

The City of Cape Town said they do not get involved in Eskom-supplied areas.

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