Malema asks where has loadshedding gone?

Malema: Where has the load-shedding gone?

EFF leader Julius Malema has told supporters that the very same conditions that led to phase 4 load-shedding earlier this month, improved drastically and mysteriously shortly after last week's budget speech. 

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The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Julius Malema. Image courtesy: EFF

Malema addressed hundreds of supporters in Newcastle, where he briefly appeared for allegedly contravening the Riotous Assemblies Act in 2017.

Outside court, Malema said he believed load-shedding implemented by Eskom earlier this month was part of a ploy by the embattled power utility to get more money and government funding. 

"What happened at the budget speech , Tito (finance minister Tito Mboweni) said: I'm giving you more money. And they (Eskom executives) said: you are talking now, let's switch-off (load-shedding). R23 billion  into the pockets of ANC people , now they switch on when the 23 billion finishes they switch off and they say load-shedding, more money that corruption where are dealing with. Elect the EFF on the 8 May so we can have the machine running and giving you electricity through and through non-stop."

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Malema told his supporters that the EFF is not opposed to Independent Power Producers (IPP), but warned that South Africans can't buy power at a higher tariff. 

"Why are they expensive? The relatives of Cyril Ramaphosa are the owners of IPP's and they want to milk the money from you."

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Inside court, the case against Malema was postponed till the 8th of July.

Last year, his legal team submitted an application to the High Court in Pretoria challenging the constitutionality of the Act used to charge him.

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