The Democratic Party (DA) urged citizens to “take immediate action” against Eskom and join them on 29 March for a protest to the Union Buildings in Pretoria.
DA leader, Mmusi Maimane said at a press briefing that citizens will be “mobilising and marching” on this “nation day of action”. He added:
“On the 1st of April South Africans will wake up to a shock that they are going to increase the cost of fuel, as was tabled in the budget, and Eskom had been given an increase. Why are we asking the people of this country who are already saddled with high costs of living to finance an entity that is failing to a government without a plan.”
Maimane said his party is demanding action and change. He added that the African National Congress (ANC) are robbing the country blind. Maimane said:
“Now they want to switch off electricity so that we are in the dark so they can finish us.”
Maimane was joined in the protest by DA premier candidate Nqaba Bhanga and Yusuf Cassim.
Picketing outside Eskom’s office
The party’s provincial Chairperson in KwaZulu Natal, Francois Rodgers, also handed over a memorandum to Eskom. KZN supporters picketed outside the Eskom offices in Westville.
The party said on its official Twitter page that it’s time to “take back our power”. They want to see the “corrupt ANC government removed from office”. Addressing the crowd, Maimane said:
“You must do to the ANC what you did to the apartheid government. I’m sick and tired to see our people going to hospitals and there is no doctors there. Sick and tired to see our people struggling to survive because they don’t have jobs.”
Watch: Mmusi Maimane addressing the crowd
"You must do to the ANC what you did to the apartheid government.
I'm sick and tired to see our people going to hospitals and there is no doctors there.
— Democratic Alliance (@Our_DA) March 29, 2019
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