Soweto residents refuse to pay for electricity despite public outcry

Soweto residents refuse to pay for electricity despite public outcry

- Many South Africans expressed outrage after learning that Soweto owes billions to Eskom but has not had its electricity turned off

- People took to social media to demand that action be taken against residents who don't pay for their power

- A spokesperson for Soweto's residents, however, has said that the debts will not be paid

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Soweto is still refusing to pay its debts to Eskom.

The township reportedly owes R17 billion to the power utility.

Soweto owes more to Eskom than 50 other municipalities combined.

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This a part of the almost R420 billion total debt Eskom is currently facing. Soweto, however, is one of Eskom main payment defaulters. 

Lerato Mogapi, head of the Soweto Action Committee, has reiterated that Soweto's residents will not be paying Eskom. Mogapi says they cannot afford to pay due to high unemploymet rates.

The Soweto Action Committee is reportedly working with Eskom to try and find another option to resolve the situation.

Despite Soweto's debt, Eskom has been reluctant to cut power to the township. This led to many on social media criticising the state-owned enterprise and accusing it of being afraid of Soweto's residents.

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Some experts have said that Eskom faces no option but to write off Soweto's debt - regardless of the fact that Eskom cannot afford to do this, according to eNCA.

Tito Mboweni has allocated more money for the power utility in his budget speech, but Eskom's situation remains dire, with the energy provider allegedly threatening to collapse.

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