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ANC: Punish City Power workers

The ANC on Thursday called for striking City Power employees to face disciplinary action.

The City Power strike has entered its second day with many areas left without electricity. Picture: Michelle Lubbe/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The ANC has called for striking City Power employees to face disciplinary action.

Workers have been on strike since Wednesday over the implementation of a new shift structure.

More than 10 suburbs have been left without electricity as a result, some for a third day in a row.

The ANC'S Jolidee Matongo says the party is deeply disappointed that striking employees are not using the proper platforms to raise their grievances.

"It's quite unfortunate that workers decided to go on an illegal strike. There are platforms created for them to engage with management."

City Power is investigating allegations that striking workers are deliberately sabotaging the power grid.

Matongo says at this stage there is no need for local councillors to intervene.

It is understood that City Power has convened a meeting in an attempt to resolve the dispute, but says it could take up to four days to work through the backlog even if employees end their strike today.

HOUGHTON AFFECTED BY OUTAGE

According to reports on Thursday, former president Nelson Mandela's Houghton home in northern Johannesburg has also been affected by outages.

The Star newspaper reported that Madiba's home had to be powered by a generator after power was cut off at 8pm on Wednesday.

The ailing 94-year-old statesman was discharged from Pretoria's Mediclinic Heart Hospital at the weekend.

He is receiving treatment at home following a recurring lung infection.

Houghton resident Hassen Ismail said his daughter had to be rushed to hospital desperately needing oxygen after power remained switched off for a second day.

Ismail says his daughter has to be on oxygen supply for 18 hours a day and has been severely affected by the outage.

"We had to make alternate arrangements last night to get a portable [oxygen] unit. It's battery operated, but you can't use that for a long period of time."