Human rights organisation to take on Eskom over Soweto electricity debt

Hundreds of Soweto residents led by the Lungelo Lethu Human Rights Foundation plan on hauling Eskom to the South Gauteng High Court for an interim order compelling the utility to negotiate issues around the disconnection of electricity for non-paying and paying households.

The organisation is asking for a flat rate of R100 for people who cannot afford electricity while an audit is conducted and that research be conducted on how many households are unemployed or poor.

Lungelo Lethu Human Rights Foundation president King Sibiya explains.

In most of these cases, people are unemployed, not even a single family member is employed. We have government policy... provincial government have set up laws that say that people who are unemployed, pensioners, orphans, must receive free basic services.

King Sibiya, President - Lungelo Lethu Human Rights Foundation

In most of these cases there are senior citizens that are supposed to benefit from this. They are running for six months without electricity.

King Sibiya, President - Lungelo Lethu Human Rights Foundation

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