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Samwu to go ahead with strike, JHB total blackout expected

Workers claim City Power has improperly benefitted from the installation of electricity meters.

FILE: The union says workers are unhappy with the utility’s failure to take action against its acting managing director Sicelo Xulu whom they accuse of corruption. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu) says workers at City Power intend to follow through with their planned strike which could see a total black out in Johannesburg.

The union says workers are unhappy with the utility's failure to take action against its acting managing director Sicelo Xulu whom they accuse of corruption.

Workers also claim the entity has improperly benefitted from the installation of electricity meters.

Samwu's Paul Tlhabane says the strike will be protected.

"The strike is going ahead as planned on 19 October. We are expecting a total blackout because our members are going to withdraw their labour so that the strike can have maximum impact."

Meanwhile, City power says its infrastructure has been declared a national key point and any threat to it being illegally switched off warrants prosecution.

City Power spokesperson Yumna Sheik said, "We just need to reiterate that the infrastructure of City Power is declared as a national key point. Any deliberate and illegal tampering of this property will constitute an act that is subject to criminal prosecution."

Earlier this week, the utility expressed concern over the proposed strike saying that it would be an act of sabotage.