Callers question why ordinary citizens must pay for Eskom's financial woes

Trade unions National Union of Mineworkers and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa are picketing outside Eskom in demand of salary increases.

The power utility says it cannot afford to increase salaries in this financial year due to financial constraints but the unions say workers should not suffer because of looting in the company.

Callers weighed in on the matter during the open line.

This whole thing of state capture and corruption, can you see now the negative effects on the economy and people's salaries? What the previous board did dishing out billions? How many billions were dished out to the Guptas?

Pinky, Caller

Why should the ordinary citizens pay now for the corruption that the people in the ANC were aware of? Now innocent people have to pay for this corruption. We need electricity and people still need money. It's unfair for people who are working and we must pay for Zuma.

Tsabeng, Caller

READ: Num says unions are planning lunchtime picket, not strike

Other callers say companies that have contracts with Eskom should also be looked at. While some offered solutions to the problem.

There are other companies before apartheid that got 100-year renewable contracts with Eskom and no one is speaking about that but we are speaking about one company.

Stone, Caller

The looting has started, Mr Zuma the main looter is gone at the moment some of the looters have been recycled into the government but now we have to find a solution. The optimum coal mine was bought with Eskom money, why don't they repossess the mine?

Christopher, Caller

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