'In 1992 we signed an accord that Sowetans will pay a flat rate of R33.80'
Soweto residents have embarked on a protest over electricity cuts by Eskom.
The residents blockaded roads and set fire to tyres on Monday morning causing traffic delays in the area.
The power utility cut off power in Soweto after the municipalities failed to settle their debts
Eskom says it is owed more than R18 billion by the residents.
Joanne Joseph speaks to Soweto residents representative King Sibiya, who says they need a breakdown of the debt from Eskom.
This is the question we are asking Eskom - if they say we are owing R18 billion - can they Eskom break it down for us?King Sibiya, Representative - Soweto residents
Firstly in Soweto, we have plus-minus six malls which are using electricity more than anything, we also have Baragwanath Hospital which is a national hospital, police stations etc.King Sibiya, Representative - Soweto residents
Sibiya says they requested a meeting with Eskom but the power utility told them they need the debts to be paid.
Later Eskom conducted an audit on certain parts of the area.
What we are being charged are estimations, Eskom doesn't come to our houses and conduct meter readings.King Sibiya, Representative - Soweto residents
In 1992 we signed an accord that the people of Soweto will pay a flat rate of R33.80.King Sibiya, Representative - Soweto residents
Meanwhile, Eskom senior manager of customer services in Gauteng Daphne Mokwena says they are not targetting Soweto but the residents are not paying for electricity.
We cannot be treating Soweto customers differently to others.Daphne Mokwena, Senior manager of customer services in Gauteng - Eskom
We are not privy to the 1992 document they are talking about. We have requested via our legal representatives to see the documents but we are still waiting for it. If I haven't seen it, it does not exist.Daphne Mokwena, Senior manager of customer services in Gauteng - Eskom
Responding to meter reading, Mokwena says they have been chased out of Soweto when their technicians go there.
She adds when that happens they use the previous meter reading to estimate the following bill.
Listen to both interviews below...
SAMA urges the National Department of Health that the COVID-19 vaccine should be given to healthcare workers and the vulnerable before the winter season.Read More
CEO of Proactive Health Dr. Fundile Nyati says KZN has been the best performing province in terms of the healthcare system relating to HIV/AidsRead More
Umalusi CEO Dr Mafu Rakometsi says the full extent of leaked papers has not been established.Read More
Provincial Secretary for Denosa in the Eastern Cape Khaya Sodidi says the restriction on the sale of alcohol is welcomed.Read More
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga made the announcement while briefing the media on progress of the matric examinations.Read More
IDC head of Corporate Affairs Tshepo Ramodibe explains why the funding application for Green Scooters was rejected.Read More
Emergency services are on the scene to try and extinguish the fire.Read More
Gauteng GP Collaboration member Dr Dan Israel says it is important for people to take personal responsibility to fight the virus.Read More
Our long-term focus keeps us steady and we remain resilient says the Government Employees Pension Fund's Musa Mabesa.Read More
PSA's Reuben Maleka says they don't believe if government employees were to give in, there would be a solution to the fiscus.Read More