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People are living in fear under eskom lines

Community Alerts/Mathapelo/Ditwebeleng-Limpopo/21 July 2017

On the 19/07/2017 Sekhukhune Environmental Justice Network (SEJN) visited the community of Modimolle .

Few families in Modimolle are living under dangerous situation for the past years, Eskom came to the community and installed their lines, what is dangerous is that when they consulted community and promise to relocate them before they can install the lines but only one family has been relocated and it was by force and they were given R3000-00, they were homeless when the son of that family Mputi Thobejane trying to stop them he was jailed.

They struggle to build themselves a house even today. Nine families where promise to be relocated because the lines are close to their houses and they say it’s dangerous for them, but what surprised them is when the ESKOM came with  police to come and install the lines . Community was never consulted but the lines where installed and now they are suffering the result of staying under the lines

When it’s raining there’s a sound that is loudly scary and disturbing, the kids cannot play with car wires and stoves, gates are chocking them and the television don’t last. We visited the old lady who told us that the ESKOM people came several time asking her to take the money but she never took that money even today she says every time the lady was adding the money because she ended saying they will  give her R6000-00 but she never accepted  that. Now the community want answers and they want help.  Whoever has information or knows someone who can help please assist. By Mathapelo- Sekhukhune,Limpopo