Bloem man chains self to official's desk

2012-08-20 11:33

Bloemfontein - A Bloemfontein businessman desperate for electricity chained himself to the desk of a secretary at the city’s power utility Centlec, Volksblad newspaper reported on Monday.

The report said a frustrated Christo Hunter chained himself to the desk after trying for four months to get Centlec to give him a quotation to switch power on at a building.

“I just could not take it longer. I am finished. To do this on a Friday afternoon shows you how desperate and tired I am,” the newspaper quoted Hunter as saying.

The report said the office of senior Centlec official Leon Kritzinger was in a buzz when Hunter used a thick chain to lock himself to the desk.

Hunter told the newspaper a security guard wanted to know why he did not make an appointment to sort out his problems.

He said after many e-mails and phones calls he did not receive any reaction and was prepared to sit at the desk until Monday to get a meeting.

Eventually, he and his partner were promised a meeting with Kritzinger and a sceptical Hunter unlocked himself.

It was not clear when the meeting would take place.

“Hulle is hardegat (They are difficult). We do not get answers or reaction from them,” Hunter said in the report.

  • annelise.venter.77 - 2012-08-20 11:44

    He will want to put that same chain around his neck when he starts getting the electricity bill he requires.

      denise.herbst.5 - 2012-08-20 12:10

      Claudia - I am not sure that it is about being white - I think it is just that they are all completely incabable of performing their jobs. I recently spent a 'pleasant' few hours in City of Joburg offices trying to sort out a billing error and it was pretty much a mixed crowd of frustrated people there with me.

      claudia.meads - 2012-08-20 12:57

      Develyn33 The reason I was trying to get at least some measure of an objective grasp of the notion - seemingly it is not possible in SA.

      zambezi.river - 2012-08-20 13:27

      Thankfully he didnt end up shooting anybody!

  • neil.tyler.54 - 2012-08-20 11:47

    Take action! Stand up for your rights!

  • Desilusionada - 2012-08-20 11:51

    This is a man who wants to run a business, of which the city will get revenue in the form of water and electricity sales and rates and taxes etc.. But just try and put something up in Mangaung for the Big Conference, then it gets done post-haste... Since Ms Direko has died the city is dying as well.

  • kevin.pitzer - 2012-08-20 11:53

    Phew...Sounds like he was so upset he had a short circuit !

  • Simon - 2012-08-20 11:54


  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-08-20 12:04

    I like this. Perhaps it would be a better idea to handcuff yourself to the official himself. Why do we have to suffer this arrogance? It seems like people think a job is just a source of personal income and pleasure.

  • bomb.technician.5 - 2012-08-20 12:24

    Let me tell you.i havent been getting any answers from Centlec for 4 months. Paid my bill, money apparently never made it to their account, gave them the deposit slip and confirmation letter from bank, yet still no reaction for 4 months. Centlec is one pathetic organisation.

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