- Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba has slammed the new electricity tariffs proposed by Nersa
- He says they will make it more difficult for poor South Africans to access electricity
- Mashaba added that the tariffs rewarded Eskom's "maladministration and corruption"
Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba claims that Nersa (National Energy Regulator of South Africa) has rewarded corruption at Eskom by raising tariffs.
This comes after the announcement that municipalities are facing a 15.63% tariff increase.
Mashaba says that this will force municipalities to charge more for electricity.
In a public statement, the mayor referred to Nersa's decision as "disappointing". He said that it would force the City of Johannesburg to increase electricity tariffs by 13.07% rather than than 12.2%, which had already been tabled to residents.
Mashaba says that this increase will compound the hardship experienced by many Johannesburg residents and businesses, particularly the poor and unemployed, according to The Citizen.
He went on to argue that these tariff increases encourage the "maladministration and corruption" at Eskom, which had contributed to the recent waves of load-shedding which rocked the country.
As a result, Mashaba says that the costs of Eskom's corruption are being passed onto citizens, rather than the government officials responsible. Consequently, Mashaba said that he would be writing to the South African Human Rights Commission urgently regarding the tariff increases.
He ended his statement by saying that the tariffs would make it all the more difficult for poor South Africans to access electricity, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
Enjoyed reading our story? Download BRIEFLY's news app on Google Play now and stay up-to-date with major South African news!