Army to guard power stations

The government has sent in the army to protect Eskom’s power stations from theft and sabotage, one of the drivers of the power crisis.

The move comes as load shedding has gone up again to Stage 5.

The presidency said 880 soldiers will be positioned at Eskom stations until October 17 – fewer troops than in March and April, when 2,700 soldiers were deployed to guard power stations.

Meanwhile, on Friday, the Pretoria High Court ruled that essential services like government hospitals and clinics should be spared from power cuts, and that within 60 days Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan should “take reasonable steps” to do this.

Compiled by Anita Dangazele

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