MEDIA STATEMENT BY THE
INKATHA FREEDOM PARTY


Rural Communities Must Be Provided with Electricity

08 April 2014.

  

The IFP calls on Eskom and municipalities to urgently speed up the process of providing electricity to rural communities.

 

“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 elections.

 

“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 programmes.

 

Issued by:

Mr Alco Ngobese, IFP National Organiser, 076 834 4066 or 074 892 6353

 

For media enquiries contact:

Mr Phendulani Biyase, IFP Media Officer, 073 024 5675