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‘Planned city-wide shutdown a prank’

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“Unfortunately, the people who did distribute the poster are distributing a poster that looks similar to the one we were distributing last year."

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THE SOL Plaatje Community Forum has distanced itself from a poster being circulated on social media indicating that there will be a city-wide shutdown on Friday to protest the new electricity tariff.

The poster looks exactly like the one that the forum distributed during the shutdown last year.

The secretary of the Sol Plaatje Community Forum, Tumelo Mosikare, said yesterday that they have received a number of enquiries regarding the supposed shutdown.

“We have received multiple messages on social media, where people are sending us a picture (about a shutdown) that will be happening on July 12. We have not distributed such a poster as the Sol Plaatje Community Forum,” said Mosikare.

“Unfortunately, the people who did distribute the poster are distributing a poster that looks similar to the one we were distributing last year. There have not been any community meetings, hence there cannot be a call for a shutdown. In the past when there was a shutdown it was communicated and it was a decision taken during a community meeting.

“There is no contact number on the poster and no one has come forward to state that they are the ones saying there should be a shutdown. We take this poster and message as a prank.”

Mosikare said that while the forum did not distribute the poster, the matter of the electricity tariff is still a burning issue for residents.

“There is a genuine need for people to be taken seriously. People are frustrated over the blockages of electricity in the city and there is no clear communication from councillors on the matter,” he said.

The city came to a standstill last year and all major roads were blocked after residents protested against the Sol Plaatje Municipality’s planned basic electricity levy of R260.

Businesses and schools were closed for days during the protests, while many residents from different areas joined in a march to the municipality to air their grievances.

The protest forced the municipality to scrap the planned R260 electricity tariff.