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eskomNews24 reports that on Monday power utility Eskom safely evacuated nine of its employees whom it claimed were being held against their will by angry residents of Morula View in Mabopane, north of Pretoria, over the lack of power supply in the area.

According to Eskom, the hostage situation at its offices in Ga-Rankuwa followed the community's demand for the replacement of a mini-substation in their area. According to the residents, they have been without power since 19 August after a mini-substation transformer was vandalised. Community member Ranku Mabuso denied claims that they held Eskom employees against their will. He said: "We are not holding the Eskom employees hostage. All we did was park outside their offices. We did not harm anyone, even though they have decided to lock themselves up and not come out to communicate with us." No injuries were reported. Eskom spokesperson Amanda Qithi said Eskom was dealing with a shortage of mini-substations, which led to delays in the replacement of such equipment. Eskom condemned the hostage incident, saying it believed issues could be resolved without threatening the lives of its employees.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Cebelihle Mthethwa at News24
  • Read too, Nine Eskom workers released after being held hostage by Mabopane residents, at EWN

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