Power Goes Out During South African President Cyril Ramaphosa's Speech at Fundraiser

Power Goes Out During South African President Cyril Ramaphosa's Speech at Fundraiser


The power went out Saturday night as South African President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed a gala fundraising dinner for his ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC), causing embarrassment to the government and forcing his evacuation.

South Africa has suffered from persistent power shortages in the past 15 years, thanks to poor management and the appointment of ruling party cronies to run state utilities, as engineers have been forced out through affirmative action.

Local news site Independent Online reported:

The power outage occurred at about 9pm while Ramaphosa was addressing guests at a gala dinner meant to raise funds as part of the ANC’s 110th year anniversary celebrations.

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Organisers, party officials, ministers and business leaders who had paid hundreds of thousands of Rands

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