Judge Hans Fabricius ruled in favour of Eskom on Thursday in a court application made by AfriForum to stop Eskom from cutting off electricity supply for indebted municipalities.
Chris Yelland, Managing Editor at EE Publishers says it is a good thing that the judge reaffirmed Eskom's duty and obligations to collect money owed to it.
He says when municipalities don't pay the power utility company it affects other municipalities who are paying their accounts diligently having to endure high rates when Eskom compensate for non-paying municipalities.
I think its an interesting strategy by Eskom in a sense that they are applying pressure top-down through the threats of cut offs and this also puts pressure bottom-up from aggrieved customers who will put immense pressure on municipalities to manage their business properly.— Chris Yelland, Managing Editor at EE Publishers
Municipal customers need to exercise their rights and take the matter up with their municipalities, if necessary even through legal action.— Chris Yelland, Managing Editor at EE Publishers
I think Eskom is taking an even handed approach in applying pressure.— Chris Yelland, Managing Editor at EE Publishers
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This article first appeared on 702 : The court did well reaffirming Eskom's obligations - expert