- ANC councillor Mpho Sesedinyane has come out in support of Soweto residents paying a flat rate for electricity
- This comes as Eskom attempts to recover almost R20 billion in unpaid bills from the community
- The power utility has started pulling the plug on thousands of households in an attempt to prompt payment
ANC councillor Mpho Sesedinyane believes that a R150 monthly fee for electricity could turn the tide in Soweto.
Speaking to Fin24, Sesedinyane explained that the reduced rate could help change the culture of non-payment in the region.
Briefly.co.za reported that the South African National Civic Organisation had first proposed the idea, adamant that citizens who resided in the area couldn't afford the high cost of electricity in the first place.
Responding to the situation which saw thousands of households unplugged from the grid in an attempt to recuperate R20 billion, Sesedinyane commented that the ANC had not clarified the situation.
He explained that the ruling party had encouraged non-payment during the liberation struggle:
"We need to bring them back and say, we have won the country now. It is us [the ANC] that are governing now, can we now start to contribute and pay Eskom."
On the minimal R150 flat fee, Sesedinyane says that it is better to start somewhere after years of non-payment:
"People will then be in a position to know it is noble to pay for services, especially electricity. And they will be used to paying at the end of the day."
The councillor is also adamant that prepaid meters will only encourage illicit behaviour, claiming that residents will just connect themselves illegally and continue to avoid payment:
"Our people will start connecting themselves illegally and they will not pay for electricity."
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