Reitumetse Makwea
Digital Intern
4 minute read
11 Jun 2021
5:00 am

WATCH: ‘Eskom has failed us’ – Load shedding could kill Soweto teen

Reitumetse Makwea

Desperate mother of asthmatic son says government has failed those most in need.

LIVING ON THE EDGE. Tholoana Sewpal helps her 13-year-old son Christiano with a nebuliser, which turns asthma medicine into a fine mist, at her home at Pimville in Soweto yesterday. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

Tholoana Sewpal’s son has an asthma condition so serious that when he has a severe attack, the only thing keeping him from having to be taken to hospital is a nebuliser. But in load shedding, it doesn’t work. And calling an ambulance is also out of the question because they don’t come to Soweto when the lights are out, she says. Eskom’s rolling blackouts are threatening the life of her child. Even relating the story reduced her to tears.       “Eskom has failed us. People should not have go for days without electricity, let alone months without it....