EFF march on Eskom

A sea of red floods Johannesburg as the EFF march to Megawatt Park.

Photo: Twitter/Motshidisi

Rain on EFF’s Eskom parade: Berets damp but still determined [videos]

The enormous sea of EFF red berets have well and truly brought the city to a halt

EFF march on Eskom

A sea of red floods Johannesburg as the EFF march to Megawatt Park.

Photo: Twitter/Motshidisi

Despite the pouring rain, the EFF march to Eskom’s Megawatt Park headquarters is well and truly underway, with thousands of red berets resembling the sea of Liverpool fans who descended on Madrid in May. Risking impartiality, they’re being just as obnoxious.

It remains to be seen if they’ll break out into choruses of “You’ll Never Walk A Load Shedding” though.

As the march proceeded, the skies turned dark and rain began to bucket down. It did little to dampen the enthusiasm of the protesters though.


Dancing in the streets

The protesters didn’t take long to kick off the action, confronting SAPS officers and blocking traffic while dancing in the streets of Johannesburg.

Tensions threaten to boil over before a gathering of more composed demonstrators arrive to break-up the confrontation. Massively outnumbered, the SAPS officers decided against escalating the situation.


The Eskom March got underway at 9:00, and the epic 11-kilometre walk to Megawatt Park will take participants an estimated three-and-a-half hours. There is a heavy anti-Pravin Gordhan sentiment present, as EFF supporters place the blame of load shedding on the minister’s shoulders.

At time of writing, they are taking a 30 minute break on Rivonia Road, and later on Grayston Drive, Sandown, Sandton.

The EFF have rallied members to protest failing power supplier Eskom’s implementation of load shedding, as well as privatisation of public entities after the ANC government announced plans to sell-off certain operations and open-up the grid for IPPs.

The constantly swelling crowd includes truck drivers and other industrial workers and has caused abject chaos on the roads, with a heavy police presence and many major modes of egress shut down.

This is a developing story