If Eskom strikers aren't punished, it will set a dangerous precedent, expert warns

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Eskom could set a dangerous precedent if it doesn't act against striking workers, a labour expert has warned.

Its employees are not allowed to strike, given that Eskom provides an essential service. But over the past two weeks, industrial action and intimidation have disrupted its operations and plunged South Africa into Stage 6 load shedding for only the second time in its history.

Last week, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan shared images of Eskom staff members' homes and cars that were allegedly petrol bombed in a bid to intimidate them from reporting for duty.

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