EFF’s Eskom march gains momentum as supporters make their way through Sandton
The party is protesting continuous power cuts and the proposed privatisation of Eskom.
SANDTON - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) march to Eskom is gaining momentum as supporters make their way from Innesfree Park through Sandton. Another addition by a group to the protest has been the All Truck Drivers' Association, according to the party.
The party is protesting continuous power cuts and the proposed privatisation of Eskom, and is marching to Megawatt Park in Sunninghill.
During last week’s State of the Nation Address, President Cyril Ramaphosa said Eskom had started with the process of dividing the utility into three entities - generation, transmission, and distribution - which would each have its own board and management structures.
Hundreds of EFF members from different regions were already at Innesfree Park while others continued to stream in with different modes of transport, including buses. They were gearing themselves up for what they termed the “people’s march” to Megawatt Park.
Protesters were also joined by coal truck drivers from different companies.
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EFF national spokesperson Vuyani Pambo said: “Eskom needs to at least break even to be able to supply electricity to the majority of South Africans.”
A large contingent of members from various law enforcement agencies was keeping a close eye on the protesters.
Meanwhile, some parts of Katherine Street were closed to traffic while other streets that were expected to be affected included Grayston Drive, Rivonia Street, and Witkoppen Road.