PRETORIA – Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) led by Julius Malema has pleaded with power utility Eskom to stop power cuts in Kwa-Zulu Natal which has been affected by floods.
In a statement on Tuesday, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) said:
“The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) calls on the power utility Eskom, to suspend load-shedding in Kwa-Zulu Natal as families, infrastructure, and businesses contend with the massive flooding that has occurred in the northern parts of the province over the past few days.
“The floods have posed a risk to life, with 45-people currently confirmed dead and many still missing, while homes have been destroyed, individuals and families have been swept away in their cars, and infrastructure gutted.
“This means that the people of Kwa-Zulu Natal are in dire need of emergency services, access to means of contacting assistance, and general electronic related devices to rescue themselves and others.
“To cut power supply in the province at this time would not only be inhumane, but would actively aid the trauma, dislocation, and death of our people.
“Although there is never an opportune or appropriate time to cut electricity supply anywhere in the country, as it harms the economy and reveals a deliberate sabotage of Eskom for the sake of auctioning it off to the highest bidder – it is during this human crisis that electricity cuts should never be implemented.
“The leadership of Eskom must practice restraint, compassion, and a basic sense of humanity, and not subject the people of Kwa-Zulu Natal to darkness, as they attempt to piece together their lives and come to grips with a natural disaster.