Eskom has shrugged off a class action lawsuit for damage caused during load-shedding, saying that they can't be forced to commit to a steady supply of power. De Beer Attorneys had made their plans to take action against the utility public, despite experts doubting their ability to succeed.
Eskom has essentially laughed off a lawsuit to recover damages incurred during load-shedding, claiming that they have the right to implement the blackouts.
Briefly.co.za reported earlier that De Beer Attorneys had announced their plan to take on the power utility, claiming that load-shedding had been implemented due to negligence and could have been avoided.
According to The Citizen, the firm had encouraged South Africans, particularly business owners, to join them in their attempt to hold the state-owned entity accountable.
Despite the firm's managing director saying that they had received a lot of attention from the public, the entity had released a statement defending their right to turn off the lights:
“Load shedding is done countrywide as a controlled measure when the national grid is constrained to protect the power system from a total collapse.”
This is in line with the firm's prediction that Eskom will claim that the load-shedding had been a necessary reaction to the nations energy crisis instead of admitting to negligence.
Ian Levitt, legal expert, says that although the case will be popular with unsatisfied South Africans, it will be an exercise in futility.
Levitt feels that the chances of success are diminished by the technical nature of the damages. He says that it will be extremely difficult to prove in the first place and almost impossible to link directly to misconduct at the entity.
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