SOUTH AFRICAN BUSINESS RIGHTS GROUP SEEKS INTERDICT TO STOP CUT IN POWER SUPPLY

South African business rights watchdog Afri-business is seeking an interdict against plans by national power utility Eskom to cut electricity supply to several municipalities which have not paid their electricity bills.

Eskom is owed hundreds of millions of Rand by municipalities which have failed to honour their debt repayment commitments.

Afri-business believes ordinary consumers should not be affected by the debts of municipalities and says only municipalities should be penalised but not to the detriment of ordinary consumers.

Afri-Business spokesperson Stefan Pieterse said Tuesday that the matter would be heard at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.

We really hope that the court will grant us an interdict that will prohibit Eskom to cut power to municipalities simply because at the end of the day, consumers who pay the bills at the end of the month will also be penalised, Pieterse added.

If the municipalities do not pay Eskom for what they owe then it’s a matter between Eskom and the municipalities. It can never be to the detriment of the consumer.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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