- A law firm is preparing to take legal action against Eskom
- The firm claims that Eskom is responsible for financial losses as a result of load-shedding
- This follows the recent bout of power outages, which were the worst in the country's history to date
A law firm, De Beers Attorneys, is reportedly seeking to take Eskom to court over the losses incurred by businesses and individuals as a a result of the power outages.
The law firm argues that Eskom behave negligently and bears responsibility for the losses caused by load-shedding.
Eskom has been taken to court over similar claims in the past, but courts have generally been reluctant to hold the power utility liable.
This comes in the wake of the latest round of heavy load-shedding, which was only recently suspended. The 10-day run of stage four load-shedding was the most intensive in the South Africa's history, Briefly.co.za learned.
Eskom claims that load-shedding was suspended after power-plant performance improved, and energy imports from Mozambique improved again following the damage done by Cyclone Idai, according to BusinessTech.
However, several experts warn that Eskom's problems run much deeper and are still far from being fixed. The power utility is struggling with crippling debt and inadequate infrastructure.
In addition, there have been claims that some in Eskom have opposed Cyril Ramaphosa's proposed reforms, and are even sabotaging the power utility.
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