- The Johannesburg High Court has dealt a definitive blow to Soweto residents seeking to be reconnected to the grid
- The court has struck the case off of the roll, despite massive support for a flat-rate fee
- As Eskom attempts to recover R20 billion owed by the community, most say they cannot afford the cost of electricity
The Johannesburg High Court put a swift end to any hopes of reconnection when it struck the case brought forward by Soweto residents off the roll.
Briefly.co.za reported that the community had challenged Eskom after it disconnected thousands of homes over non-payment, suggesting that a low monthly fee be implemented.
With the region owing a staggering R20 billion to the power utility, the Lungelo Lethu Human Rights Foundation had brought the matter forward against both Eskom and the City of Joburg.
IOL reports that Acting Judge Marcus Senyatsi had struck the matter off the roll because no names had been listed in the application:
“I would love for this matter to be heard before the court but there are no names, supporting affidavits and no meter numbers. What relationship do they have with the City of Joburg and Eskom? Are they in arrears?"
The judge couldn't understand why Legal Aid or similar organisations had failed to assist with the application:
"Our people can’t be excluded from the judicial system because they are indigent."
The community was urged to gain legal advice and bring their application before the courts once more.
The City of Joburg indicated that because they didn't supply the community with electricity, they couldn't understand why they had been included in legal action.
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