President Cyril Ramaphosa has promised the people of Soweto their electricity issues will soon be a thing of the past. He was speaking after interacting with residents in some parts of the township, including Nomzamo informal settlement where residents have had no electricity for over two years and Chiawelo and Naledi, where there have been cut-offs and general generalities power outages.
Ramaphosa was greeted by dozens of protesters during his party’s election campaign in Naledi.
Soweto has been experiencing serious electricity problems compounded by cable theft, and sub-stations have been blown up.
But President Ramaphosa says after meeting with Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan, Eskom will soon be working to resolve the electricity problem in Soweto.
Currently, Soweto owes Eskom over R7 billion in paid bills making it difficult for the power utility to buy new transformers and improve its electricity distribution in the township.
ANC president Ramaphosa leads the election campaign with NEC members:
ANC to investigate candidates’ lists concerns
The ANC National Executive Committee has decided to pay attention to the recent disputes that its different branches, regions and provinces have launched regarding the forthcoming local government elections.
The NEC held a special meeting on Friday, in preparation for the voter registration weekend, including to listen to some of the concerns about the candidates’ lists that have been submitted to the Electoral Commission of South Africa.
In a statement, the ANC says if there is any proven foul play in the selection of candidates who will represent the party at municipal level, those involved will be prosecuted.
The ANC NEC has announced that it will launch its election manifesto on the weekend of the 27th of this month in Pretoria, where party president, Cyril Ramaphosa will delivering the ANC’s plans, solutions and a way forward, for the local government level.
It’s been a bumpy road for the ANC building to the November 1 municipal elections. Party members have had to approach the ANC headquarters, expressing their dissatisfaction on how the candidate lists were concluded.
However, the NEC says it will continue to investigate these concerns, even after elections and those found guilty will face the full might of the law.
Meanwhile, the ANC’s top leadership is on a campaign trail in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday morning.
Readiness for the voter registration weekend on 18-19 September 2021
ANC says it’s doing all in its power to resolve concerns from its members
The ANC says it is doing all in its power to resolve the concerns that are being brought by its members.
Some members are threatening not to vote in the upcoming Local Government Elections.
Member protested outside Luthuli House in Johannesburg on Wednesday against the party’s Councillor candidate selection process.
They say the process was fraught with corruption and they are accusing their Provincial List Committees of failing to help them.
ANC Spokesperson, Pule Mabe says not voting would be detrimental to communities.
“When you don’t vote in your own ward, it is not the ANC you are dealing with. You are dealing with yourself. Because the delivery of services done through an ANC councillor impact on your own living condition,” says Mabe.
“If you are so willing that you can give away the livelihood of a community where you stay because there are disputes, then you must be comfortable being led by different people in your own community,” he adds.
Video: Mabe elaborates on the list process: