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Eskom cuts off electricity after its workers are threatened

The community of Sibangweni, which is about 10km from Mthatha along the N2, has been cut off by Eskom.

A few days earlier the power utility withdrew its services in Harare in Khayelitsha in the Western Cape, after its technicians said the were asked to pay a R20,000 protection fee by armed gangsters while trying to restore electricity.

Eastern Cape Eskom spokesperson Zama Mpondwana said at the weekend Eskom had also decided to withdraw services in Sibangweni village in Libode in the Nyandeni municipality.

Sibangweni is about 10km from Mthatha along the N2.

Mpondwana said a technician was followed and threatened at gunpoint by community members, who demanded he reconnect the supply that he had disconnected due to tampering on an electricity meter.

He said the matter had been reported to the police.

The employer was grateful its representative was unharmed.

However, criminal behaviour directed at their employee, coupled with energy losses in Sibangweni, were viewed as a business risk.

As a result Eskom had withdrawn its services with immediate effect.

But Mpondwana said they would engage with Nyandeni municipality to find a lasting solution to increasing acts of intimidation and threats.


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