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Mokonyane slams City Power outage

Gauteng Premier says the power outages in Johannesburg were “economic crimes".

Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane. Picture: Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane said more than 8,000 automotive orders for international markets were delayed because of the City Power strike.

Mokonyane told The John Robbie Show on Talk Radio 702 the reason for sporadic strikes at the moment is that the country is in a period of wage negotiations.

The premier said there is a challenge in how the wage negotiations have been handled.

"We have to protect the Labour Relations Act and the issues around collective bargaining and this is non-negotiable. The sporadic strikes are a reflection of things going wrong."

Mokonyane added workers and unions have to be empowered to work together because "strikes undermine collective bargaining".

"We must work together to help the country create stability and investor confidence."

Mokonyane slammed the power outages that left large parts of Johannesburg in the dark for more than four days as "economic crimes and acts of sabotage."

Furthermore, she apologised to residents and businesses affected by the outages.