'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.
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