Afriforum threatens electricity restoration if Metro fails on promise

BY CHARL BOSCH - JULY 31, 2015

Afrikaans civil rights group, Afriforum, has threatened to restore power, on its behalf, to effected areas of Nelson Mandela Bay, if no action is taken by the municipality.

Speaking in a statement, the organisation’s Deputy Chairperson in Port Elizabeth, Kobus Gerber, said the threats were made after electricity in the Galvendale, Hillside, Rocklands, Cotswold, Hennenvale, Palmrich, Seaview, Neave, Parsons Hill, New Brighton, Algoa Park, Bethelsdorp en Riebeeck Hoogte areas were abruptly cut on Saturday without warning.

He added that the group had written a letter to Nelson Mandela Executive Mayor Danny Jordaan, saying that it will take matters into its own hands if power was not restored by 18h00 last night.

“We were given swift assurance by Mayor Jordaan that the municipality’s Head of Energy and Electricity is attending to matter, caused by damaged cables and possible sabotage at the hands of striking employees,” Gerber said.

“Afrifroum has already placed a number of contractors on alert to commence repairs if the Metro goes against is promise”.