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SA power stations need more security: Ruling party

Date: Feb 12, 2024

South Africa’s (SA) African National Congress’ (ANC) Secretary General Fikile Mbalula has reiterated his statement on X (formerly Twitter) that the current load shedding is a clear case of sabotage.

 Mbalula also says that power stations need to be beefed up with security.

He was addressing the ruling party, supporters at KwaXimba near Cato Ridge, west of Durban, KwaZulu Natal province. The area saw throngs of the newly formed uMkhonto Wesizwe party supporters join just two weeks ago.

The area of KwaXimba is a peri-urban area under one of the biggest ANC regions eThekwini. It has had its fair share of problems including the serious lack of water, housing, and proper roads. Both the ward and the region are ANC’s biggest in terms of membership.

Thousands of ANC members and supporters attended the rally.

However, the emergence of the MK party backed by former President Jacob Zuma, turned the area into a political battleground following the party’s strong showing here two weeks ago. Mbalula says they’re dealing with Zuma as he works with the enemy to steal their property.

“Right now he is ruining things for us, that is why we have suspended him. You cannot say you are still a member of ANC yet you are working with people against us. You are saying you are working with people who are against the ANC to fix what you say is wrong with the ANC, how do you work with them? We don’t want that. Comrades let’s not work on Zuma but let’s work to strengthen the ANC, KZN is the home of the ANC.”

Mbalula suspects foul play in the current rolling blackouts. He called on the State to ensure its critical infrastructure is protected.

“The State must not rule out the possibility of sabotage which is aligned to major events in the country. There are many questions that ordinary people like us ask about load shedding and how it is happening and those questions point to the direction that it is very clear there is sabotage. But we are saying as the ANC the state must up its gear in terms of investigating and looking at particular possibilities.”

Mbalula also made an appeal to the AmaZulu Monarch, Misuzulu kaZwelithini, to remain apolitical and non-partisan.

“We hold the Zulu Monarchy in high regard. Let’s not politicise traditional leadership it must always be above politics. As the ANC we have come very far with the institution of traditional leaders. The (opposition party) Inkatha Freedom Party stole traditional leadership but we restored order as the ANC and that is why the institution of traditional leadership is now dignified. We respect the Zulu monarch.”

Meanwhile, a middle-aged man who was attending the rally sustained a gunshot wound in the stomach. It was not clear who shot him.

The ANC downplayed the incident, saying it could have been an accident.

--SABC--

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