The High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday ordered Eskom to refrain from disconnecting bulk power supply to the defaulting Musina Local Municipality. This decision will hold until the court finally determines Sakelige's application to have Eskom decision to cut power supply reviewed and set aside.
This decision is important because it is not just about that municipality, it is about all the other municipalities that owe Eskom collectively on the region of R17 billion.
But what Eskom has been doing is threatening to cut off bulk supply to those municipalities and as a result affecting businesses and individual customers.
Speaking to Xolani Gwala, Business lobby group Sakeliga's CEO Piet Le Roux says they went to court because it is unacceptable that Eskom interrupts power to local communities and local economies when most of the people in those towns have already paid their bills.
What we are having is essentially an internal dispute between different arms of the state that cannot settle their internal debts and now people who have already paid have to take the punishment for that and we think that is unfair.— Piet Le Roux, Sakeliga CEO
Listen below to the full interview:
This article first appeared on 702 : Business group Sakeliga wins victory to stop Eskom bulk power supply cut-offs