Despite the scorching sun and the heat, Masses of community members of Langaville in Kwathema, Ekurhuleni marched to the Customer Care Centre offices during the early hours in the morning to delivery a memorandum pertaining electricity blocking within the area.
"I have been living without electricity for more than nine months now because this problem started in May last year. We use prepaid but when you go to buy units, they tell you that you have been blocked from the system. You can't even buy enough meat and other things since we don't have electricity", said One of the residents, Meshack Thabatha (67)
When the community consulted with Eskom, they were allegedly informed that Ekurhuleni Municipality has an overdue debt
." Why should we suffer just because the Municipality has failed to settle its debts. I have received letters saying that Iowe electricity but when you go to pay the money they don't even have receipts as a proofthat you have paid. All we that we want is for them to do the unblocking", said another community member, Johannes Molefe (86)
Leader and organiser, Sibusiso Hadebe sincerely thankedpeople who showed positive response about the introduction of Grassroot. " This application is one of the convenient ways to call up our meetings, Weare going to show it to the others especially the elderly ", said Radebe.
The memorandum was received and signed by the CCC Manger, Lorraine Mokgatle. " We have received the memorandum and we promise to provide feedback within seven days", said Mokgatle.