Eskom will not cut electricity until after court case

The case goes to court in May this year.

This follows after eight large businesses in Madibeng and another three in the Lekwa municipality approached the court in order to stop Eskom from disconnecting the respective municipalities due to non-payment.

All the parties agreed to interim court orders that would guarantee continued power supply until the review applications could be heard between 2 and 5 May in the same court.

Tyre manufacturer Bridgestone SA and seven other applicants will argue that there should be judicial oversight over any decision by Eskom to disconnect a municipality. That means that Eskom would have to obtain a court order before it could proceed with such action. According to the court papers, the businesses say any electricity interruptions could result in 2 400 job losses.

Eskom will argue that it acts in terms of its supply agreement with the relevant municipality.

Madibeng has earlier agreed to a payment plan to address its outstanding debt to Eskom, but the applicants insist they need protection in case Madibeng defaults on the agreement.

Daleen van Manen

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