Support Sakeliga’s court case against Eskom about power cuts
SAKELIGA TACKLES ESKOM: EIGHT MUNICIPALITIES, AT LEAST 30 TOWNS STILL ON ESKOM’S POWER CUT LIST
Sakeliga on 20 November obtained an interdict against Eskom, preventing the power giant from interrupting electricity supply to Musina because of non-payment by the town’s local municipality. The urgent application will remain in force until Sakeliga’s revision application is heard by the court. It will then finally establish the legal principles for dealing with future power interruptions envisaged by Eskom in similar situations.
We call on community members of towns plagued by similar problems to support the coming court case against Eskom on power interruptions.
Why is Sakeliga getting involved in a payment dispute between Eskom and a municipality?
Sakeliga’s aim is to save local economies, because if Eskom switches the power off, the local economy is switched off. By this legal action Sakeliga therefore is acting in general in the interest of paying communities in mismanaged municipalities, but in particular on behalf of the business people in those communities who have to keep the local economy going (and therefore also the community).
The case is much bigger than Musina
Numerous towns have had their power supply cut off in similar disputes during the past year. Meanwhile, several municipalities and more than twenty towns across the country appear on Eskom’s list of planned power cuts. Outages in these towns already are envisaged during November. Sakeliga and its legal team have investigated several cases and found that the Musina case is ideal to establish essential legal principles that can be applied in other cases as well.
What is the aim?
Sakeliga’s aim with this action is to establish principles for a permanent solution to such debt disputes between Eskom and local municipalities. The basic point of departure is: the problem has to be solved without interrupting the power supply of local economies, because the local business people have already done what is required of them by paying their dues.
Eskom is denying paying communities power services and is in effect holding these communities hostage in a payment dispute with defaulting local municipalities.