Aug 10, 2022

Mawazo Writing Africa

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What you said: I will take to the streets to protest against load-shedding

TimesLIVE readers have reacted to the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) plan to mobilize South Africans to demonstrate against load dumping and the country’s energy crisis.

SA has seen erratic power outages for the past week unprotected strikes resulting in Eskom being unable to repair or maintain ailing generating units. On Sunday, the utility said Stage 6 load shedding would continue into the new week.

“Eskom warns the public that it will take a few weeks for the power generation system to fully recover to levels recovered before the strike,” it said.

Sizophila Mkhize, spokeswoman for the ANCYL National Youth Task Team (NYTT), told TimesLIVE last week it was mobilizing young people from all political persuasions to demand action to grab.

“Load- spill takes us back. We’re done talking politely to [the ANC leadership]. We will mobilize young people and if we are suspended from the ANC, so be it. If we are accused of discrediting the ANC, so be it.

“We do not fight factions. We fight against load shedding. South Africans are being deliberately left in the dark by incompetent leadership,” Mkhize said.

TimesLIVE asked readers if they would join a load-shedding protest.

Two-thirds of readers said they would took to the streets saying SA had been in an energy crisis for more than a decade.

Nearly a third (29%) said protests would only make things worse and 5% said that If so don’t worry because they have a generator.

The debate continued on social media.

Leon Verster wrote: “It’s time to marchexpired a decade ago. Turnout should depend on voting away the chaos at the next election.”

“I would support a call for snap elections. Vote for this lousy party called ANC,” Refentse Madiba said.

Mzi Ngubane wrote: “The protests should be about [the minister for public companies] Pravin Gordon and [Eskom CEO] Andre de Ruyter resign. They’ve failed miserably and those who think they’re doing well need to hire them into their businesses or households.”

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