If a week of pretty much non-stop load-shedding in the week leading up to municipal elections wasn’t enough. The latest comments from President Cyril Ramaphosa on the campaign trail are enough to leave anyone scratching their heads. Maybe not just scratching your head, but a kind of furious exasperated scratching. According to the president of the country and the ANC, while Eskom does have its problems, it has done well since apartheid ended.
Cyril Ramaphosa and the never ending Eskom saga
Ramaphosa made the following comments while campaigning for the ANC in Kagiso, west of Johannesburg. Should the country really still be grateful to the ANC for making electricity available to eveyone? Even after all these years.
“Wherever we go, there are electricity issues. There are three key points. The first one is Eskom. It is experiencing problems. But Eskom has done well because when we came into power in 1994, most people didn’t have electricity. We grew up with candles and paraffin, we grew up with no power. It was the government of President Nelson Mandela that made it possible for 90% of South Africans to have electricity.”
Electrify the votes away
Look, while Ramaphosa has a point about the ANC government having to make sure power was available for everyone from 1994. After more than 20 years, the bar surely can’t still remain so low when it comes to electricty?
It’s not just these comments from Ramaphosa and the ANC that have pissed people off.
The party is facing backlash over its operation of City Power in Johannesburg. Just before the elections, City Power claimed that it had secured private power plant energy to be able to avoid Stage 1 and 2 of load-shedding. Eskom said, not so fast.
The huge power problems in the metro (often 4 hours or more of blackouts) could be key in pushing voters away from the ANC.
So with load-shedding rearing its ugly head almost right up until election day, will the ANC take a beating at the poll. Or, will the ANC lights remain on?