Eskom starts cutting power to indebted municipalities

Eskom interim CEO, Matshela Koko, says the power utility will start cutting electricity supply to municipalities who have failed to pay their debts or make payment arrangements.

This follows the High Court in Pretoria ruling which gave Eskom the legal right to cut the electricity supply to 8 indebted municipalities.

Two municipalities have already been disconnected.

Today we were supposed to cut five municipalities, and we only cut two. Dehlabeng and Masilonyana will make payments at 10 o'clock.

Matshela Koko, Eskom interim CEO

The issue now is no longer about making agreements. It's about making sure agreements are made and are being honoured. The agreements we are making with municipalities today, we make as orders of court. And we hope that they will not be in contempt of court.

Matshela Koko, Eskom interim CEO

Koko says people have a constitutional right to have access to electricity, but they also need to hold their municipalities accountable.

It's high time that ratepayers hold their municipalities to account. Ratepayers have the constitutional right to electricity. Municipalities have an obligation. If municipalities don't meet their obligation, ratepayers need to hold them to account. Eskom can't do much about that.

Matshela Koko, Eskom interim CEO

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