Ousted ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule says the power crisis and rising cost of living are a sign of the government’s failure to intervene in the country’s economic problems.

Magashule appeared in the Bloemfontein High Court with his co-accused, including businessman Edwin Sodi, in the multi-million dollar asbestos project case.

The hearing of the case was postponed to January 20 next year.

Magashule said the delay would seriously hamper his ability to contest for ANC leadership positions at this year’s ANC elective conference in December.

He says the ANC has failed millions of people in South Africa.

“Don’t South Africans see that we are being cheated and are being told every day, ‘No, don’t worry (about) the electricity. We will fix it’. During the election they went and said Eskom would be fixed. But the aunts from Sawet still do not have electricity today. Do you see ANC leaders walking with communities when food prices are high? When gasoline prices are high; when high electricity rates? And now Eskom wants to increase electricity tariffs by 30%. Will we afford it? Interest rates, repo rate are rising. How will people live?”

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