Ramaphosa says he cannot stop power cuts of Municipalities not servicing debts

Ramaphosa says he cannot stop power cuts of Municipalities not servicing debts

- The power utility says it has a right to terminate power to non-paying customers.

- Eskom is reading itself to cut off power in five municipalities in a move that will put thousands of jobs in jeopardy

- The blackouts will disrupt key services such as power reticulation and the municipalities are petitioning the office of the President to intervene

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Power utility Eskom has been taken to court. The power utility is readying itself to cut off power from five municipalities whose ballooning debt has reached over R 2,7 billion. The affected municipalities which fall under Maluti-A-Phofung Local Municipality of the Free State town of Harrismith have petitioned the court to make Ramaphosa's office intervene in the matter. They have not serviced their debts since 2011.

Ramaphosa says he cannot stop power cuts of Municipalities not servicing debts

Ramaphosa says he cannot stop power cuts of Municipalities not servicing debts

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Briefly.co.za gathered that business that stood to suffer if the power cuts were made and have made Ramaphosa a respondent in their application. Eskom, however argues that it has a supply agreement with the municipality alone and not the businesses concerned. According to Business live, in a replying affidavit, the director general in the presidency Cassius Lubisi says a threshold for an intervention by the national executive has not been reached. Eskom expects the debts of the Municipality to grow and believe identifying root problems is key in addressing their failure to service their debt.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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