08 April 2014.
The IFP calls on Eskom and municipalities to
urgently speed up the process of providing electricity to rural
“Many rural communities, like Lokaleng village
near Mahikeng, have had no electricity since the dawn of
democracy. This is not an isolated case, there are many
communities all over the country that do not have electricity,”
said IFP National Organiser, Mr Alco Ngobese.
Lack of basic services, like electricity, pose
a threat to the upcoming national elections. Lokaleng residents
have threatened to disrupt elections in their area if their
houses do not get electricity.
Recently, Ofafa residents (falling under the
Harry Gwala District Municipality), in KwaZulu-Natal, staged a
protest complaining about not having had electricity in 20 years
of democracy, and threatening to not vote in the upcoming
“The IFP believes that there will be many
service delivery protests before the elections, as people are
tired of empty promises by government. People must get basic
services; they have waited for so long since 1994. This is a
total failure by the ANC-led government. It’s high time we
stopped blaming the apartheid regime for the lack of
infrastructure,” said Ngobese.
The IFP calls on the Minister of Energy to
conduct an audit of all municipalities to determine why so many
communities still have no electricity. Instead of telling lies,
municipalities and ward councillors must explain to their
communities why their areas are not electrified through IDP
Mr Alco Ngobese, IFP National
Organiser, 076 834 4066 or 074 892
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073 024 5675