Dec 9, 2022

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Soweto pensioners take service delivery grievances to Joburg mayor’s door

A Soweto pensioner who demonstrated with his fellow residents on Tuesday to deliver a letter of complaint to Johannesburg Mayor Mpho Phalatse said he was temporarily without power for a year.

Robert Nene, 69 , who lives in Naledi, said most residents in the area have had trouble paying for electricity because they don’t work.

“They want a lot of money, so people can get it cannot afford.”

Nene was among hundreds of Soweto residents who marched to the mayor’s office to express their displeasure at the under-delivery of services in the community.

On Monday, residents blocked roads in the area and brought the city Bus service from Rea Vaya was halted.

Nene described daily life without electricity as a struggle.

“It is very bad. Everything is controlled electrically. The children who are learning cannot do anything without electricity. When you get to these big boys the big beasts will tell you to pay R6,500. Where are you going to get the money from?”

Nene said that as a pensioner he doesn’t know how he could afford what is being asked of him.

“I have children and grandchildren in the house. They depend on my scholarship. It’s food, then electricity, water and everything else. Do you think you can do it with R1,900?”

When asked if taking part in the demonstration would help solve residents’ problems, he said he didn’t think their problems were being addressed could become.

“People are fighting up there. So they don’t know what to do. We’ll wait and see.”

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