We will be quiet if we get electricity - Tsunami resident

2015-11-24 19:37
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Cape Town – Tired of asking for new houses and flush toilets, about 100 residents of the Tsunami informal settlement in Delft marched to the Western Cape legislature on Tuesday, demanding electricity.

"Now we want one little thing, electricity. Just a light," said a woman, who identified herself as Bongiwe.

"If they can only give us electricity, then we will be quiet."

The Delft South residents claimed they had been without power for nine months.

One woman, 38, said the police didn’t want to go into the area "because of the darkness".

"You’ll find dead bodies, especially on weekends. People also get drunk on weekends and topple candles over."

An unemployed 22-year-old man told News24 he took part in the march because "he couldn’t take it anymore".

"You can’t walk out your shack at night or help your neighbour who is screaming because you don’t know what you will get there," he said, while walking with the singing group. 

He said he used paraffin as an alternative, but it was expensive. Many used candles.

"Just last week, we had a five-year-old child who was burnt while the parents went somewhere."

According to an N2 Gateway community newsletter on a provincial website, Tsunami was originally earmarked as a cemetery site.

Fires left thousands of people displaced at Joe Slovo informal settlement in 2005 and 2007. Tsunami was being used as a "temporary relocation area".

Eskom provincial spokesperson Jolene Henn said Tsunami residents were not direct Eskom customers.

The provincial human settlements department committed to commenting on the residents’ concerns on Wednesday.

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