“EC power cuts a breaking of promise by new COGTA minister”- DA


The Democratic Alliance (DA) has accused recently appointed Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) Minister, David van Rooyen, of breaking his first promise by allowing Eskom to cut electricity supply to four troubled Eastern Cape local municipalities.

On Monday, the state-owned parastatal announced it would introduce power cuts of between two to three hours daily in certain towns falling under the Gariep, Maletswai, Ikwezi and Nxuba local municipalities, due to outstanding total bills of R172-million.

Speaking in a statement, DA Shadow Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Kevin Mileham, said van Rooyen, who was demoted to the COGTA portfolio a mere four days after being inaugurated as finance minister, has effectively set the tone of being “a broken-promises Minister” in motion.

“One would imagine that as a former Finance Minister, van Rooyen could have acted to sort out these financial woes right away,” Mileham said.

He said residents and businesses in the affected areas, that are up-to-date with payments, are to be unfairly penalised as a result of the municipality not properly managing its finances.

“At a municipal level, this failure of the ANC has translated into a misguided belief that, even in the event of gross maladministration and corruption, the municipality will be bailed out by National Government,” Mileham continued.

“In order to bring about real change in the municipalities of Gariep, Maletswai, Ikwezi and Nxuba, it will be necessary to bring about change at the ballot box in Election 2016”.

According to reports, the cuts, which started on Tuesday morning, will take place between 06h00-09h00, 12h00-14h00 and 17h00-21h00, and continue until the payments are made.