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19/02/2017: Alexandra without power since Wednesday: Region E Business Forum threatening City Power employees
19 February 2017
Sections of Alexandra have been without electricity since last Wednesday, 15 February 2017.
 
This due to a fire allegedly set by the Region E Business Forum to a City Power substation after the forum demanded a limited percentage of all SMME work be assigned to them in Region E and then threatening and preventing City Power employees from entering the depot to restore power.
 
Numerous cases have been opened against the Region E Business Forum, but to date no arrests by SAPS  have been made and until City Power employees can return to the depot without being intimidated by the Region E Business Forum, SAMWU will not allow their members to return.  
 
I will be meeting with City Power subcontractors and the Regional Director today after which the JMPD will escort City Power employees to the depot to ensure they can enter the facility and restore power safely.
 
Criminal charges against the Region E Business Forum have also been laid by City Power.
 
Vandalising City Power infrastructure and intimidating employees is a criminal offence and these actions by the Region E Business Forum must be vehemently condemned.
 
I also call on SAPS to thoroughly investigate all charges against the Region E Business Forum and ensure that individuals who hamper service delivery and threaten the safety of the City Power employees through criminal activities are held to account.
 
Media enquiries:
Cllr Nico de Jager
MMC: Environment and Infrastructure Services Department
083 899 2127
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Last Updated on 19 February 2017