- Despite owing Eskom R18 billion Sowetans are demanding a special rate on electricity
- Residents aim to only pay the embattled entity R100 a month in an exclusive agreement
- An interim court order is being pursued attempting to force the utility into restoring power to 250 households
Citizens in Soweto are adamant that they only want to hand over R100 a month for electricity.
IOL reports that residents want to negotiate rates despite owing the cash-strapped entity R18 billion.
The Lungelo Lethu Human Rights Foundation is finalizing court documents in its bid to override Eskom and restore power to cut-off households.
Leader King Sibiya says they are aiming for an interim order ensuring not only the reconnections but a R100 flat rate for electricity:
“There are currently about 250 houses without electricity. While the whole area owes Eskom, we think the ones whose electricity has been switched off is more urgent. We want to kill the culture of non-payment in Soweto. We can't divorce ourselves from Eskom. A R100 flat rate from those who haven't been paying is better than nothing.”
While Sibiya argues that most wouldn't be able to afford normal rates, Eskom's Dikatso Mothae says:
"All Eskom tariffs are regulated by Nersa and Eskom abides by those tariffs for each category of customer. Customers will therefore pay the tariffs applicable to their category. Eskom cannot negotiate separate tariffs or have preferential arrangements outside of what is regulated."
Mothae insists the entity is not able to infinitely provide a service to customers who don't pay and political titans are backing him up in this regard.
Briefly.co.za reported that both President Cyril Ramaphosa and Finance Minister Tito Mboweni had slammed the habit of non-payment.
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