Land protests power Eskom out of a number of areas in Cape City

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By Odwa Mkentane Jul 24, 2020

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Cape City – Eskom has withdrawn its providers from numerous areas within the Metropolis owing to risky protests over land.

The areas embrace Bloekombos, Wallacedene and Kraaifontein CBD, Khayelitsha, Bardale in Mfuleni, Wesbank in Delft and Kraaifontein.

Provincial Eskom spokesperson Trish da Silva mentioned the continuing protest motion throughout Cape City was posing a big menace to the security of subject operators working in these communities.

“Following the suspension of operations in components of Khayelitsha and Bardale earlier this week on account of violent protests, Eskom has taken the choice to withdraw operations from Bloekombos, Wallacedene and Kraaifontein CBD, in addition to Wesbank in Delft on Wednesday.

“In Kraaifontein, workers members managed to flee unhurt when the Eskom-branded automobile they had been travelling in was pelted with rocks throughout violent protests. Protest motion in Wesbank has additionally compelled Eskom to withdraw its operators.”

“The protection of staff is Eskom’s prime precedence and solely when these areas are declared protected, will operations resume,” mentioned Da Silva.

On Wednesday, a truck aiding housing beneficiaries shifting from Kanana casual settlement to Forest Village, Eersteriver, was looted, set alight and the motive force assaulted.

Police spokesperson Noloyiso Rwexana mentioned a male and two girls aged 31, 55 and 64 had been arrested in Delft in reference to the truck assault.

Mayco member for human settlements Malusi Booi mentioned the housing initiatives in Delft and Wallacedene valued at greater than R90million had been beneath menace by land invaders.

The Metropolis mentioned its hearth and rescue providers had been focused 3 times in 48 hours, leading to it quickly withdrawing its Dial-A-Journey service, and electrical energy and refuse assortment to components of Khayelitsha and Mfuleni.

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