AfriFo­rum’s in­ter­dict dis­missed

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THE HIGH court in Pre­to­ria yes­ter­day dis­missed with costs AfriFo­rum’s ap­pli­ca­tion to pre­vent Eskom from cut­ting off the power of more than seven mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties who are bil­lions of rand in ar­rears. AfriFo­rum and AfriBusi­ness sought to in­ter­dict Eskom’s planned re­duc­tion of the elec­tric­ity sup­ply to the de­fault­ing mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in the Free State, North West, Mpumalanga and North­ern Cape. The power util­ity said the amount owed had risen to R10.2 bil­lion, which had grown over the past eight months from R6bn. In the last five years, the debt had in­creased ten­fold, with the March fore­cast be­ing in ex­cess of R12bn. Eskom said that in mak­ing his rul­ing, Judge Hans Fabri­cius had said it was nec­es­sary to ap­pre­ci­ate the con­text in which Eskom op­er­ated in the na­tional econ­omy, seen against the back­ground of its con­sti­tu­tional rights and obli­ga­tions. The judge also ac­knowl­edged Eskom had con­sulted all the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and rel­e­vant stake­hold­ers since 2011. – ANA

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